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
 

 

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
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"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.

http://www.squeaky.org/channels/2013/thisdoesnthappenhere

Coming Up...

- Proclamation Event - Tuesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:30 am - Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave, Hamburg NY - Contact Jennifer Reinagel - 649-6111

- Landlords Rights and Fair Housing Training - Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), 1542 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

- What's Next with Lead? No More Toxic Housing - Friday, April 11 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - UB Clinical & Transitional Research Center, 875 Ellicott, Buffalo, NY - Contact elisgal@buffalo.edu

- "This Doesn't Happen Here" Film Screening & Discussion, Monday, April 14 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Central Public Library, Ring of Knowledge, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY

- Tenants Rights and Fair Housing Training - Wednesday, April 16 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), 1542 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

- Fair Housing Counseling - Tuesday, April 22 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Friends of the Night People, 394 Hudson Street, Buffalo, NY

- Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME)- Annual Dinner Gala - Friday, April 25 - 5:30 pm - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Buffalo, NY

- Fair Housing Counseling - Monday, April 28 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Matt Urban Hope Center, 385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY

- Landlord-Tenant Training & Showing of "It Doesn't Happen Here" - Tuesday, May 6 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St, Williamsville, NY

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Hands Across Buffalo - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hands Across Buffalo is a coalition of local organizations and businesses committed to promoting diversity and challenging poverty across the City of Buffalo.  Whether you want to participate the day of the event, serve as a volunteer or become a sponsor go to www.handsacrossbuffalo.org.  Hands will join at 11:00 am