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 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 - contact Debbie Norman, Vice President
- for schools a presentation using our "DOTS" coloring book - contact Diane Cadle , Membership Chair
- Wednesday, April 3 –- Tenants Fair Housing and Q & A's - 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm - Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) – 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY
- Friday, April 5 – City of Buffalo Landlord Training Seminar – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm - Belmont Housing Resource of WNY, 1195 Main Street, Buffalo NY
- Tuesday, April 9 – Fair Housing Month Proclamations – 10:00 am - Erie County Rath Bldg Lobby, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo NY
- Saturday, April 13 – Westside Housing Fair – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Loretto Ministry Center, 301 14th Street, Buffalo NY
- Wednesday, April 17 – Landlord Fair Housing Training – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) – 1542 Main Street, Buffalo NY
- Wednesday, April 24 - Film Screening: The Other Side – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo NY
- Friday, April 26 – Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Annual Gala – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Buffalo Convention Center, Franklin Street, Buffalo NY
- Tuesday, May 21 - NYS presents Laying a Foundation Today for a Better Tomorrow - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
- Saturday, June 15 - Landlord Rights -10:00 am - 12:00 pm - South ReStore, 1675 South Park Ave - register through firstname.lastname@example.org - free
- Saturday, June 22 - Tenant Rights - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - South ReStore, 1675 South Park Ave - register through email@example.com - free
Six Belmont Housing Resources for WNY Staff members
went to Futures Academy on Buffalo's East Side to read
the "Dots" book to three classes. Shown is Bryan Day
reading to a class of Kindergarteners.
It Doesn't Happen Here
Thanks to the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership and Squeaky Wheel Productions, here is a link to a thirty three minute documentary of "This Doesn't Happen Here",
which explores Buffalos 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
Join Erie County Fair Housing Partnership Members in the 2013 National Federation of Just Communities - "Dash for Diversity Walk" on Sunday, September 22, 2013
at 11:00 am at Ring Road in Delaware Park.
For more information and to register go to www.nfjcwny.org/walk.html