Unlocking Doors. Breaking Down Barriers.
The neighborhood we live in has a fundamental impact on the doors to economic opportunity, the quality of education our children receive, and even access to greater healthcare options and better health outcomes. Too often, the barrier to living where we want is housing discrimination. Housing discrimination is an evil that hurts both its victims and society as a whole. It goes against our vision of a free society and its elimination is a New York State and national priority. Every New Yorker deserves an equal chance to fully participate in the State's economic, cultural and intellectual life. The New York State Human Rights Law exists to open doors and break down barriers caused by unlawful discrimination. The New York State Division of Human Rights and the United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development have partnered to launch a public information campaign to educate New Yorkers about their rights to fair housing entitled “Unlocking Doors. Breaking Down Barriers.” The campaign includes social media advertising, billboards, newspaper advertisements, informational materials and videos, and educational events.
- What Does Fair Housing Mean?
- Attend Our 9/25 Event: Source of Income Protections in Housing
- Additional NYS Resources
- Fair Housing Month 2020
Fair housing laws allow everyone to have freedom of choice – and be free from discrimination - in deciding where to live. Housing discrimination seriously injures victims, causing them emotional and financial harm. There are strong national, state and local laws against housing discrimination. They provide many places to file complaints. The laws also afford many different forms of remedy to victims and to society, including monetary damages and fines. The laws give a court or administrative body the power to order violators to stop discriminating and to make up for past wrongdoing. Watch our video below to learn more about what fair housing means in New York State.
Fair Housing in New York State - Know Your Rights
- DHR has published a guide to fair housing under the Human Rights Law.
- Visit the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
- Learn more about NYS Homes and Community Renewal's Fair Housing Matters initiative - survey deadline 9/18/20.
- Visit the NYS Homes and Community Renewal's Fair & Equitable Housing Office.
- Learn about thethe NYS Department of State's new real estate regulations to combat housing discrimination.
- The NYS Department of State has publishednew guidance for real estate license holders on fair housing.
- Real estate licensees must posta new Fair Housing and Anti-Discrimination Notice.
- Further information on the NYS Department of State's fair housing initiatives is available here.
On April 30, 2020, DHR hosted a Zoom event to commemorate Fair Housing Month. The program included a discussion of the most recent changes to the law and added protections within the last year. We also had an in-depth discussion around fair housing rights of tenants and homebuyers along with a focused session on housing rights for persons with disabilities. Speakers from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and the New York State Department of State presented about the fair housing protections their agencies offer. A copy of the presentation from the event is below. Visit our event page for video and additional resources from the program