By signing this petition, as a resident of Erie County, New York, I hereby support the proposed Erie County Fair Housing Law by the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership. I urge my local legislator to vote in favor of this law in order to fight housing discrimination and promote equal housing opportunities county-wide.
The Erie County Fair Housing Law would place the following measures:
- Outlaw source of income discrimination, which is often used as a means for discrimination based on other reasons such as race, color, and disability;
- Require larger housing providers to use affirmative fair housing marketing to attract diverse applicants; and
- Encourage cities and towns to adopt inclusionary zoning so that a percentage of new multi-family housing would be affordable to families of limited means.
BACKGROUND/CALL TO ACTION
For the last five years, Housing Opportunities Made Equal has received increasing numbers of complaints of housing discrimination due to source of income. Families are denied housing they CAN afford simply because they receive stable, lawful income from sources such as Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability, and even their chosen profession. Currently, this type of discrimination is only outlawed in three Western New York communities. HOME’s number of complaints is merely a shadow of the reality, as source of income discrimination is still legal throughout the rest of Erie County. In truth, this type of discrimination is often used as a pretext to deny people housing due to their race, color, age, disability status, or other protected classes.
The Erie County Fair Housing Partnership strives to put an end to housing discrimination and promote equal housing opportunities for all. In turn, we hope Buffalo-Niagara can change from being the sixth most segregated metropolitan area in the nation, to a place where opportunity is possible for all.
By entering the information below, you are signing the aforementioned statement in favor of this Erie County Legislation to end source of income discrimination in housing: