HOME realizes that awareness is the key to people understanding their rights.  

Take a look at some of the places we have been discussed recently. 


2017

TOWN TAKING THE LEAD IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PUSH

April 21, 2017

The Hamburg Sun

Executive Director M. DeAnna Eason is quoted on affordable housing efforts in the city of Buffalo. 

GROUPS TO HOST WORKSHOP ON "SECURING STABLE HOUSING"

March 11, 2017

The Criterion

Local Buffalo organizations, including Kibrett Facey from HOME, will come together to speak about housing barriers that mental health consumers face.

DEANNA EASON CHOSEN TO LEAD HOME

March 1, 2017

The Challenger

New leadership transition at HOME as well as announcement of HOME's 54th Annual Dinner.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES MADE EQUAL HAS UNANIMOUSLY SELECTED M. DEANNA EASON TO LEAD THE 53 YEAR-OLD ORGANIZATION

February 5, 2017

The Buffalo News

M. DEANNA EASON HAS BEEN TAPPED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE BOARD OF HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES MADE EQUAL (HOME) TO SERVE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017

February 4, 2017

The Buffalo Criterion

EASON CHOSEN TO LEAD HOME

January 25, 2017

Bee Group Newspaper

There is a new leadership transition at Western New York's premier fair housing agency. M. DeAnna Eason will assume the Executive Director position as Scott Gehl retires. 

new executive director to spread word about home

January 9, 2017

Buffalo Law Journal

M. DeAnna Eason doesn’t see the direction of Housing Opportunities Made Equal changing much, even as she assumes leadership of the fair housing and civil rights organization.

2015-2016

RESPONSE TO NORTH TONAWANDA ARSON SENDS MESSAGE AGAINST RACISM

August 10, 2016

The Buffalo News

This article discusses a community's response to the arson of a black firefighter's home in North Tonawanda.

 

Town of Boston NeeDs to Back away from its opposition to a new group home

June 16, 2016

The Buffalo News

Opinion piece on Town of Boston's refusal to issue a building permit to CSDD to build a group home for adults with developmental disabilities.

 

Fair Housing Group Sues Town of Boston

June 13, 2016

The Buffalo News

Scott Gehl thought the group homes war was over.

Even now, years later, he remembers the late 1970s and early 1980s as the time when neighborhood and municipal opposition to group homes grew into a major front-burner issue.

Decades later, Gehl’s group, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, is back in court, this time challenging the Town of Boston’s rejection of a home for four developmentally disabled adults...
 

 

PUSH Buffalo & HOME want new projects to include units for low income renters

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Buffalo News

In new apartment buildings with 12 or more units, nearly one out of every three units should be reserved for those who earn less than the median household income, they said. The groups want the city to require the set asides through a zoning and planning code now under review by city officials. Read more here.

 

Governor Cuomo Announces Initiative to Strengthen State's Anti-Discrimination Efforts

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

HOME is among three fair housing agencies in New York that will work to enforce fair housing practices as part of Governor Cuomo's anti-discrimination initiative. Click here for details.

 

Army vet claims landlord forced him to vacate in dispute over “service dog”

 Monday, December 21, 2015

This Buffalo News' article featuring HOME's Scott W. Gehl and Daniel J. Corbitt discusses the discrimination a local veteran faced when he received a service dog to help him cope with PTSD.  

 

COUNCIL OKS LAW BARRING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST OWNERS OF THERAPY DOGS

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Refusing housing to someone that has a therapy dog or cat is now illegal in Buffalo. Read more here. 

fair housing agency names new leader

December 15, 2016

Buffalo Business First

This article discusses the transition of power that occurred as a result of Scott Gehl's retirement and DeAnna Eason's promotion.

 

City Hallways (Oct. 20) Concern that all can't afford a $2,000-a-month apartment 

October 20, 2016

The Buffalo News

An opinion piece discussing how the booming housing market in Buffalo is becoming out of reach for low-income residents. Inclusionary Zoning would give low to moderate income families a chance to afford housing by having a percentage of units in new developments designated for them.

 

In wake of rubber duck jam, Council embraces study to improve downtown traffic flow 

September 6, 2016

The Buffalo News

After a visit by the world's largest rubber duck, Buffalo Common Council discusses what can done to improve traffic flow and examines how "inclusionary zoning" could help lower-income families. 

 

Council considers new law: some landlords upset by income rule

August 19, 2016

Rochester Business Journal

The city of Rochester is considering source-of-income protection for residents receiving Section 8 assistance, but some landlords are against the proposal. HOME discusses the similar resistance in Buffalo until the legislation was passed in 2006.

 

HAMBURG STRENGTHENS FAIR HOUSING LAW

June 22, 2016

The Hamburg Sun

The Town of Hamburg cemented its reputation as the leader in fair housing in WNY when, on May 23, the Town Board by unanimous vote adopted a series of amendments to its fair housing law.

 

HOME seeks new leader to advance fair housing efforts

July 8, 2016

Buffalo Business First

This article discusses the planned departure of HOME's Executive Director, Scott Gehl, at the end of 2016.

 

Hamburg’s housing law Amended to discourage gentrification 

June 22, 2016

The Buffalo News

Town of Hamburg's Director of Community Development, Christopher Hull, is a proponent of fair housing in Hamburg. An amendment to an existing fair housing law will make it easier for low-income families to move into Hamburg. HOME's Executive Director Scott Gehl also discusses how Hamburg is a pioneer in fair housing in Erie County.

 

Common Council members question Willoughby Exchange building

June 15, 2016

The Buffalo News

HOME was present at the common council meeting discussing the impact that the proposed Willoughby Exchange building will have on the Main- Ferry neighborhood. Click here to learn more.

 

Taking on Housing Discrimination

June 6, 2016

Buffalo Law Journal

"'HOME has to be here to educate, advocate and litigate on behalf of victims and really to push the civil rights envelope toward social justice,' Scott Gehl said. 

Those who work there and other supporters take pride in the concept of equal opportunity and fair housing. He said where a person lives can help determine his or her access to life opportunities such as education, employment, culture, recreation, medical care and municipal services.

'Without that, people don’t begin to have an equal opportunity in life,' he said. 'That’s what HOME is all about.'"

Read more...

 

Town of Boston Named in Discrimination Suit

May 28, 2016

The Criterion

HOME and Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled have filed a federal discrimination suit against the town of Boston for refusing to issue a permit to build a group home for four adults with developmental disabilities.

 

Schneiderman announces funding to fight childhood lead poisoning in Buffalo

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Nearly $350,000 in settlement funds will be used to identify at-risk children, promote lead testing, and fix lead paint hazards in homes. This article discusses the funding that will go toward fighting childhood lead poisoning in Buffalo. HOME board member Leslie Vishwanath of the Matt Urban Center also mentioned. Read article here.

 

Another Voice: Time to reframe criminal background checks in housing

Monday, February 22, 2016

HOME's education specialist Katherine Sponaugle writes an opinion piece on criminal background checks used to screen prospective tenants. Read more here.

 

News Archive

2014

Supervisor Steven Walters addresses Hamburg during the 13th annual State of the Town address

February 6, 2014

Hamburg Sun News

HOME was recognized for services provided to the Town of Hamburg.

 

Hamburg Town Board approves rezoning of land on South Park and Bayview

March 13, 2014

Article mentions Hamburg Town Supervisor getting authorization to sign a contract between HOME and the town of Hamburg to provide comprehensive fair housing services to the town until 2019.

 

Absentee landlord faces $28,000 fine in bias case

June 22, 2014

Buffalo News

Discusses recent determination to uphold damages and penalties in decision regarding familial status discrimination (Gordon v. Cook). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamestown official to receive HOME human rights award

April 11, 2014

Mentions that HOME will honor Greg Rabb with Sarah G. Metzger Human Rights Award at 51st annual celebration.

 

First Niagara provides granTs for Housing Opportunities Made Equal

August 1, 2014
Niagara Frontier Publications

Discusses the $10,000 grant from First Niagara to HOME to fund counseling and security deposit assistance for clients.

 

NY AG, Evans Bancorp square off on mortgage lending

September 2, 2014

Buffalo Business First

Article discusses AG’s recently announced lawsuit against Evans Bancorp for essentially redlining the eastside of Buffalo.  HOME’s executive director Scott Gehl is quoted.

 

LANDLORD FINED FOR DISCRIMINATION SAYS HE WASN’T AWARE OF CITY’S FAIR HOUSING ORDINANCE

August 14, 2014

Discusses response from Francis Pleto regarding the settlement with the AG’s office over discrimination against Section 8 recipients, includes further responses from HOME executive director Scott Gehl.


2013

HOME—At the Forefront of Fair Housing

March 30, 2015

The Buffalo Criterion

Scott Gehl writes a brief history of HOME’s origins, early members and accomplishments.

 

Happy birthday, HOME

May 3, 2013

The Buffalo News

Discusses HOME’s 50th anniversary gala, origins and landmark achievements, along with the persistence of housing segregation throughout the nation today.

 

Buffalo rental firm held liable in housing discrimination case

October 21, 2013

Buffalo News

Article describes HOME’s involvement in bringing forth the first source of income discrimination case under Buffalo’s FH law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Issue: “Continuing the Divide”

March 26, 2013

UB Generation Magazine

Discusses housing segregation and discrimination in Buffalo, quotes Scott Gehl and includes information about HOME’s case against the Town of Orchard Park re: People Inc. housing development.

 

What Happens Here

April 18, 2013

Artvoice

Jack Foran discusses three new documentaries in Squeaky Wheel’s Channels: Stories from the Niagara Frontier series, including This Doesn’t Happen Here, created in conjunction with the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership about the history of housing segregation in the area featuring HOME.

 

In Focus: Scott Gehl and Housing Opportunities Made Equal

May 22, 2013

The Buffalo News

Video and article discussing HOME’s work and future challenges.

 

State Supreme Court Finds Discrimination in First Case Under Buffalo Fair Housing Law

October 18, 2013

WNY Media

Article describes HOME’s involvement in bringing forth the first case involving source of income under Buffalo’s 2006 Fair Housing Ordinance.  


2012

HOME, Inc. Successfully Closes Capital Campaign

September 2012

Thanks to a generous closing gift from the John R. Oishei Foundation, HOME closes their "Creating Stronger, Diverse Communities."

 

HOME Celebrating Main/Ferry Project Completion Today

July 10, 2012

This article tells of the culmination of a six-year effort to save a vacant and fire-damaged building and turn it into affordable housing.

 

Fair Housing Month focuses on bias, rights

April 26, 2012

The article gives an overview of all the Fair Housing Month activities going on in the Buffalo area, including a class on Housing Discrimination and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities.

 

Honoring a Cradle Beach Icon

April 9, 2012

This article talks about the legacy of Mr. Jack C. Anthony who, among other accomplishments and involvements, was one of the founding members of HOME.

Long-time HOME supporter Mamie Crawford celebrates 100th Birthday!

September 2012

Former Buffalo resident and HOME supporter Mamie Crawford celebrates her 100th birthday.

 

Memories of past, hopes for future join at restored building's dedication

July 11, 2012

The article covers HOME's restoration of a fire damaged building at Main & Ferry and dedication of Oxford Commons, an affordable housing development.

 

Reuse Project Transforms Vacant Building into Affordable Housing

July 10, 2012

WBFO/WNED reporter Eileen Buckley produced a story on HOME and the dedication of Oxford Commons.

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HOME readies celebration for 49th anniversary

March 24, 2012

The Buffalo News talks about the upcoming annual meeting and dinner, and gives ticket information.


2011

Residents volunteer their time to better the community

December 10, 2011

The Western New York Metro News published an article about the Property Maintenance Task Force group in North Tonawanda.  The article additionally spoke about how the PMTF group is currently working with HOME to set up a landlord training for N. Tonawanda landlords spring of 2012.

 

Landlords at training event trade tenant horror stories

November 4, 2011

The Buffalo news reported on the Cheektowaga landlord training event that HOME was a part of. The training was in response to Cheektowaga landlords frustration over a new proposed licensing law.

 

So you want to be a landlord

October 23, 2011

The Buffalo News takes a look at what it takes to be a landlord. Local landlords, and Scott Gehl shared tips, advice and thoughts about the business in Western New York.

 

Construction Watch: Main/Ferry HOME Project

July 23, 2011

The article is about the continued progress in the 'Home for HOME' project at Main and Ferry.

 

HOME selects leadership, presents awards at Annual Dinner meeting

May 14, 2011

At HOME's annual dinner meeting, awards were presented to local individuals who have shown commitments to fair housing and civil rights, and new board members were elected.

 

Hanna elected president of Western New York group

January 1, 2011

This article lists the new officers of the Minority Bar Association for 2011, including Jennifer J. Metzger of HOME as Vice President.

 

 

Promoting commitment to human rights

December 30, 2011

The Western New York Metro News published a brief article about the 2012 Joanne Champion Granger Scholarship.

 

HOME's Main-Ferry project nears completion

December 3, 2011

The Buffalo News HomeFinder reported on the Main-Ferry project, and the Oxford Commons apartments.

 

Updated Rendering for Main-Ferry Project

November 14, 2011

Buffalo Rising published a short article about the Home for HOME project at Main and Ferry that included an updated rendering, as well as some funding information.

 

Construction Watch: 1542 Main Street

November 2, 2011

Buffalo Rising published a update on HOME's Main-Ferry project. The article included updated pictures as well as an updated rendering.

 

Community Foundation Makes Grant to Support HOME's Community Housing Center

September 19, 2011

The Greater Buffalo Community Housing Center, otherwise known as the CHC, has found new funding from the Community Foundation for greater Buffalo, HSBC Bank and the Josephine Goodyear Foundation.

 

Leadership Buffalo Values Awards Program

May 5, 2011

Scott and Danis Gehl were recognized as 2011 Leadership Buffalo Values award winners.

 

Honor Roll-Recognizing the Accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

May 8, 2011

HOME celebrates 48th Annual Celebration, honors award winners and welcomes new board members.


2010

Urban Renewal Agency OKs $395,000 grant to HOME

August 23, 2010

The Buffalo News

This article reports on the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency's approval of a $395,00 grant for the "Home for HOME" project.  Construction is projected to begin in the end of August.

 

HOME for HOME Project Advances

August 13, 2010

Buffalo Rising

This online article reports that the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency approved a $395,000 grant to HOME for its project on Main and Ferry streets.  Prior to the vote, Mayor Byron W. Brown praised the work of the civil rights organization and the impact this project will have on a highly visible intersection and the surrounding community.

 

Orchard Park housing bias cited

June 22, 2010

The Buffalo News

This article reports that People, Inc. and HOME have filed federal complaints charging the Town of Orchard Park with housing discrimination for their refusal to rezone property necessary to build affordable senior citizen housing.

 

Two separate lives together

May 29, 2010

The Buffalo News

This feature story highlights HOME staffer Margaret Brown and her 17-year marriage to husband Marcus Brown, President of the Juneteenth Festival.

 

Real estate agent faces bias charge

May 27, 2010

The Buffalo News

This article reports that "Federal authorities charged Amherst real estate agent Judith Serio and Re/Max North with discrimination against families with children, accusing her of refusing to rent an apartment to one family and refusing to even show another apartment to a different family," in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

 

Buffalo Extra: HOME meeting

April 17, 2010

The Buffalo News Home Finder

This article announces HOME's Annual Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, April 29 starting at 5pm. Canisius College's President-Elect John J. Hurley is the keynote speaker and WIVB's News Anchor Victoria Hong is the MC.

 

Battle spreads over apartments for seniors

April 8, 2010

The Buffalo News

This front page article reports on the affordable senior housing complex proposed for the Houghton College site in West Seneca and the local resistance to the project.  Although developer Brian Young will also build other market-rate units on the site, only the 47 units of affordable housing have generated controversy. The article refers to People, Inc.'s trouble with obtaining a permit to build a similar complex in Orchard Park and HOME's investigation of the matter.

 

 

LOCAL HOUSING ORGANIZATION FINDS NEW HOME

January 29, 2010

The Spectrum

This article reports on the "Home for HOME Project" and the recent grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo for $25,000. The article covers both the "Home for HOME Project" and the new free landlord training courses to be offered by HOME through a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation as well.

Suit claims state agency is blocking upgrade

October 14, 2010

This article reports that Chason Affinity Development is suing the state Division of Human Rights, claiming that the Division is standing in the way of redeveloping an apartment complex in the Kensington-Eggert area of Cheektowaga. The article notes that Chason Affinity has not built a 126-unit affordable housing section of Collegiate Village as promised in its 2008 agreement with the State, which followed a federal complaint by Housing Opportunities Made Equal which asserted the owners had discriminated based on race and family status.

 

Orchard Park Charged with Discrimination

August 14-20, 2010

Buffalo Rising

This article reports on the filing of two parallel federal complaints by HOME and People, Inc. against the Town of Orchard Park for alleged racial discrimination. The article describes the processes People, Inc. has gone through in an effort to build a 43 unit affordable housing complex for seniors in Orchard Park.

 

HOME eyes new Buffalo HQ

August 11, 2010

Buffalo's Business First

This article reports on the Main-Ferry Project. HOME is working with the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency to renovate the long vacant buildings into HOME's new offices and ten units of affordable housing.

 

Renting 101

May 27, 2010

Blogger Megan Mollman summarizes a recent Buffalo bias case and reminds landlords of their obligation to describe properties in accordance with fair housing laws. She also summarizes various HOME responses to such violations.

 

Rental bias costs landlord $1,000

May 25, 2010

The Buffalo News

This article details a South Buffalo landlord's agreement to a $1,000 settlement as a result of a craigslist posting describing an apartment in a "nice Irish neighborhood." Testing by HOME revealed evidence of racial discrimination.

 

Frontier student to get $1,000 HOME scholarship

April 13, 2010

The Buffalo News

This article announces David Heaton as the 2010 Joanne Champion Granger Scholarship winner, which will be presented at HOME's Annual Meeting and Dinner on April 29.

 

Series of events focuses on fair housing law

April 5, 2010

The Buffalo News

This article reports on the various activities planned for Fair Housing Month, including HOME's Annual Meeting and Dinner on April 29.

 

Landlord training course scheduled for Tuesday

February 14, 2010

The Buffalo News

This article reports on the upcoming free landlord training course offered by HOME. The article mentions HOME's partners: Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Erie County Department of Health, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition.