HOME aims to make an impact on each client that comes to us for assistance. Read about a few of our clients that we have been able to assist by clicking on the names below.
The properties were owned by California investor Donald Peterson and listed by University Property Management. The first step was an investigation that revealed the landlord was, in fact, illegally denying housing based on source of income. After nearly eight years and much frustration, the case was finally resolved in State Supreme Court in March 2015, where the landlord and property manager were found liable for more than $51,000 in damages and attorney's fees.
Naima was a special guest at our 52nd Annual Dinner Celebration in April and received a standing ovation for her tenacity in pursuing this case and not giving up until justice was won.
She quickly identified a senior housing complex in Cheektowaga which would accept her Section 8 voucher and where she would be able to use HOME’s security deposit assistance to ease the burden of her move. Her new community, with a far lower instance of poverty, provides her with better access to resources and a proximity to her family. Although it was previously beyond her means, Ms. Ray’s Section 8 voucher has provided her with the opportunity to live in decent, affordable housing in a desirable community. HOME is proud to work every day to ensure that individuals like Cathelma, and all residents of WNY, have the equal opportunity to live in the housing and communities of their choice.
Desperate, Stacy told the owner that her parents lived just around the corner and that her children would spend most of their time visiting their grandparents. The owner was unmoved. Adam and Brennan were disappointed and understood fully: "That man didn't want us!"
Stacy called HOME which immediately began an investigation that provided evidence that the owner was discriminating against families with children. HOME prepared a federal complaint and ultimately prevailed before a State Administrative Law Judge. The owner appealed the verdict. The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the $45,000 award against him.
With HOME's help, the Connors were able to not only find a home in the neighborhood of their choice but also obtain justice.
HOME was able to advise her on her rights under the fair housing laws, explaining reasonable accommodations to the policies for people with disabilities and to bring a successful complaint against the landlord.
HOME's investigation proved that source of income discrimination had occurred. HOME was able to get Ken the housing of his choice.