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
 -  for schools a presentation using our "DOTS" coloring book 
    contact Debbie Norman, President


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

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 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

The Huffington Post - Monday, August 10, 2015 - Segregation 101 and Effect of Exclusionary Zoning

ECFHP Sponsored Projects, Presentations, Seminars, Outreach and Educational Endeavors, 2015

- Fair Housing Proclamation - Tuesday, April 14 - 10:00 am - 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore NY

- Budgeting - Richard Krywalski, Citizens Bank - CASH Financial Literacy Workshop - Thursday, April 16 - 5:00 pm - West Side Community Service, 161 Vermont
  Contact Sandra Sheppard 884-6616

- First Niagara Housing Fair - Wednesday, April 22 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Larkin Building, 726 Exchange Street

- Credit Cards - Robert Dunn, Consumer Credit Counseling - CASH Financial Literacy Workshop - Thursday, April 23 - 5:00 pm - West Side Community Service, 161 Vermont
  Contact Sandra 884-6616

- Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) - Annual Dinner Gala - Thursday, April 23 - 5:0 pm - Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington - Contact Alyssa Bersten at 854-1400

- Fair Housing & Landlord-Tenant Training - Tuesday, April 28 - 6:00 pm t0 7:30 pm - Frontier Middle School, 2751 Amsdell Road - Contact Alyssa Bergsten 854-1400

- Conference "Living in the Community Changes & Continuing Challenges" - April 29 & April 30 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - UB South Campus/Harriman Hall 105

- Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Outreach - Wednesday, April 29 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Friends of the Night People, 384 Hudson - Contact Alyssa Bergsten 854-1400

- Internet Safety - Beverly Moore, Buffalo Urban League - CASH Financial Literacy Workshop - Thursday, April 30 - 5:00 pm - West Side Community Service, 161 Vermont 
  Contact Sandra Sheppard 884-6616

- Fair Housing Poetry Jam - Thursday, May 15 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant Street at Potomac, Contact Angela Woodson-Brice at 551-5755 Ext 5602

Coming Up...

Western New York Independent Living Inc. invites you to join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
on Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 2:00 pm until dusk.  Free food, fun and games will be proved.  Thank you all of our sponsors.

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Proceeds benefit the Museum of disABILITY