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On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Erie County passed the County of Erie Fair Housing Law. This legislation is consistent with federal and state fair housing laws while also banning discrimination throughout Erie County on the basis of one’s gender identity, immigration status, and lawful source of income.

Source of income discrimination, in particular, is pervasive throughout Erie County and perpetuates much of the widespread residential segregation found throughout Western New York.  With this landmark legislation, housing providers will no longer be allowed to deny prospective tenants access to safe and affordable housing merely because they receive rental assistance, disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, veteran’s benefits, or other government subsidies and lawful non-wage income.

This law will support communities that are committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing as well as provide a uniform county-wide fair housing standard that will eliminate confusion among realtors and housing providers doing business in more than one community.

If you have any questions about the Erie County Fair Housing Law or need to report discrimination, please give us a call at 716-854-1400. 

For more information, check out this Buffalo News article. You can also find the law here.