Erie County Fair Housing Partnership

Who We Are

Welcome! The Erie County Fair Housing Partnership was created in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting equal opportunity in housing for all residents of Western New York. The Partnership has a diverse representation from various segments of the community including government, banking, real estate, legal services, advocacy groups and community organizations (see list of current members).

Why Fair Housing is Important

Housing plays a large role in defining a person's quality of life. Where you live affects your access to social, cultural, educational and many other community amenities such as schools, transportation, employment, medical services, retail and professional services, recreational and entertainment opportunities and much more. Housing discrimination is an illegal obstacle to housing choice and denies people the opportunity to fully experience and enjoy the "American Dream" of choosing, owning and being responsible for their own house and home.

National Fair Housing Month is April

The Erie County Fair Housing Partnership, Inc. encourages residents to participate in the recognition of National Fair Housing Month in April. The celebration of Fair Housing Month is an acknowledgment of the efforts and victories of all who have worked towards guaranteeing equal access to housing for all.

Under Federal and State law, it is illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental and advertising of housing based upon race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, familial status, military status or sexual orientation. Within the City of Buffalo discrimination based upon lawful source of income, and gender identity and expression is also prohibited. The towns of Hamburg and West Seneca also prohibit source of income discrimination. The recognition of Fair Housing Month reinforces an awareness of the barriers that inhibit the ability of entire segments of our population to freely access the housing of their choice.

The Partnershp Offers Free Education and Outreach to the Public

 -  free fair housing presentations to audiences of all ages
 -  for schools a presentation using our "DOTS" coloring book 
    contact Christopher Hull, President


 

 

Shown is Bryan Day reading the "DOTS" book
to a class of Kindergarteners
.

County of Erie, New York, Fair Housing Law

The Erie County Fair Housing Partnership will be seeking letters of support from agencies for an important legislative initiative: passage of an Erie County Fair Housing Law.  Developed over the past two years, the Partnership's legislation proposes:

  • Prohibit source of income discrimination across all of Erie County which is often used as a pretext to discriminate against people for reasons of disability, race, national origin and familial status;
  • Require larger housing providers to adopt affirmative fair housing marketing; and
  • Encourage municipalities to amend their zoning laws to require developers to include a small percentage of units in each new multi-family development which will be affordable to families of moderate means. 

Here is a link to the summary or a link to the law.

"It Doesn't Happen Here"

Thanks to the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership and Squeaky Wheel Productions, the Housing Opportunities (HOME) website www.homeny.org carries a link to a thirty three minute documentary of "This Doesn't Happen Here", which explores Buffalo's history of racial segregation and its activist challenges. The documentary was shown throughout the month of April, 2013 in various locations including Buffalo's Market Arcade, University of Buffalo Law School, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Belmont Shelter, Sheridan Parkside Community Center, Tonawanda and Harlem Road Community Center, Amherst.

News Articles

The Buffalo News - Sunday, March 22, 2015 - Another Voice: Erie County Should Pass a Law to Prevent Housing Discrimination
- Outlaw discrimination due to lawful source of income

The New York Times - Saturday, August 8, 2015 - A Year After Ferguson
- Housing Segregation Defies Tools to erase it 
  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/09/us/a-year-after-ferguson-housing-segregation-defies-tools-to-erase-it.html?_r=1

The Huffington Post - Monday, August 10, 2015 - Segregation 101 and Effect of Exclusionary Zoning
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/segregation-101_b_7963396.html

 

ECFHP Sponsored Projects, Presentations, Seminars, Outreach and Educational Endeavors, 2018
To raise public awareness about the persistence and prevalence of housing discrimination, and to inform people of their rights under fair housing law, the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership and its membership are promoting a series of activities.  This year's Fair Housing Month events include:

  •    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 7:30 am – 2:00 pm – The UB Affordable Housing Symposium – Hayes Hall 403 at UB South Campus – sold out – contact ccardy@buffalo.edu
  •    Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 12:30 pm – Fair Housing Month Proclamation Ceremony – Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY
  •    Friday, April 13, 2018 – 5:00 pm - Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Annual Meeting and Celebration - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street –
  •     for tickets contact HOME at 854-1400
  •    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 5:00 pm - Free Fair Housing Training – Town of Amherst Council Chambers, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville NY
  •    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:00 pm - Free “Selma” Movie Screening – 6100 South Park Ave,  Hamburg NY-
  •    Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm -  Landlord Training & Certification – HOME Office, 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY – contact HOME – 854-1400
  •    Sunday, April 22, 2018 –  Melssa Golpl, Disability Rights Advocate and Helen Hayes, Aspire of WNY will be interviewed on the Self Advocacy in Action TV – the show can be
  •    seen at www.sainaction.com
  •    Tuesday, April 24 – 6:00 pm – “A House Divided” Film Screening & Discussion – HOME Office, 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY – contact HOME – 854-1400
  •    Thursday, April 26 – 5:30 pm - Fair Housing Art Display & Ceremony – HOME Office, 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY
  •    Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 8:30 am – 4:15 pm - People Inc and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development present a Free Fair Housing Accessibility Design and
  •    Construction  Training - Museum of disAbility History, Main Training Room - 2nd Floor - 3826 Main Street, to register go to www.fhafirst.eventbrite.com