Fair Housing 101
What is fair housing? Who is protected? What can I do to help? Find answers here!
(or read the full text of fair housing laws)
Who is Protected?
Protected classes at the federal level:
Protected classes in New York State include all of the above plus:
Protected classes in Erie County include all of the above plus:
Source of Income
Immigration and Citizenship Status
What does discrimination look like?
Discrimination isn’t always obvious. Any of these actions could be discrimination if they happen because of a person’s membership in one of the groups above:
Refusal: refusing to rent to someone
Misrepresentation: lying about whether a property is rented or not
Inconsistent terms: different rules for different tenants
Advertisement: showing preference for or against a certain group in ads
Illegal inquiries: asking questions about protected classes
Steering: convincing someone to live in a certain area because of stereotypes or bias
Coercion: coercion, intimidation, threats, harassment
Refusing to make reasonable accommodations or modifications for people with disabilities.
Support Inclusionary Zoning
Inclusionary zoning means requiring new development to include a certain proportion of affordable housing. This can increase mixed-income neighborhoods, increase overall affordability in high-opportunity neighborhoods, and lessen some of the worst effects of gentrification.
Our friends at the Partnership for the Public Good outlined why Buffalo needs inclusionary zoning in this detailed policy brief.