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 Chris 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.
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, 2017
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:
- Dine & Donate Fundraiser - April 1, 2017 - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm - Joe's Crab Sack 4125 Maple Road - a portion of your bill will be donated to Housing Opportunities Made Equal
- Town of Hamburg Fair Housing Open Hours - Free - April 5, 2017 - Hamburg Community Development Offices, 6122 South Park Ave - Contact Kibrett Facey at 854-1400
- Fair Housing Month Proclamation Event - April 6, 2017 - 11:00 am - Hamburg Town Hall Lobby, 6100 South Park Ave - For more information contact Chris Hull at 648-6216
- Screening: A House Divided - April 12, 2017 - 5:45 pm - Frank E Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue - Contact Kibrett Facey at 854-1400
- Landlord Training & Certification - April 13, 2017 - 3:00-5:00 pm - Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), 1542 Main Street - Contact Kibrett Facey at 854-1400
- Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) 54th Annual Dinner Gala - April 20, 2017 - 5:00 pm - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center - Contact Tambra Cheman at 854-1400
- Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Fair Housing Friday, April 21 - 5:00 pm - HOME, 1542 Main Street - Contact Kibrett Facey at 854-1400
- Tenant Training - April 26, 2017 - 5:00 pm - Housing Opportunities Made Equal, 1542 Main Street - Contact Kibrett Facey at 854-1400
- Screening: A House Divided - April 27, 2017 - 2:00 pm - Hamburg Community Development Offices, 6122 South Park Ave - Contact Kibrett Facey at 854-1400