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Fair Housing

 

         

FAIR HOUSING BROCHURES

ENGLISH - https://nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4248

SPANISH - https://nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4249

LONG ISLAND HOUSING PARTNERSHIP - https://www.lihp.org/Content/FAIR%20HOUSING%20LIHP%20-%20English.pdf

US Department of Housing and Urban Development - https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4247

DO YOU KNOW THE FAIR HOUSING ACT PROTECTED CLASSES?  Fair Housing Act – The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) seeks to “eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.”

FHEO protects people from discrimination based on these seven classes:

·         Race

·         Color

·         Religion

·         Sex

·         National origin

·         Disability (mental or physical)

·         Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18)

In addition in New York state the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office has additional protection based on:

·         Creed

·         Age

·         Sexual orientation

·         Marital status

·         Military status

·         Income discrimination in housing is also prohibited in Nassau County

FAIR HOUSING COMPLAINTS 

Fair Housing Complaints may be filed administratively through HUD’s Fair Housing Equal Opportunity Office (FHEO), the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR), or judicially through Federal or State District Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Office of Civil Rights, Dept. of Justice.

The NYS Attorney General’s Office also has the authority to pursue enforcement actions. The different claims, procedures to file, standards of proof and possible venues, outcomes/possible compensation for the victim need to be specified, as they vary.
Complaints to Police

It should be noted that racial, ethnic and religious bias complaints are reportable to the local Police or Bias Crimes Unit. However, possible outcomes and scope of investigation are very different than that of formal fair housing administrative or judicial complaint procedures that may result in substantial monetary compensation for the victims of discrimination.

The following agencies will act on your Fair Housing complaints:

The Nassau County Commission on Human Rights – investigates and settles disputes on Fair Housing practices.  Here is a link to the Complaint Form https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1669 which includes their address and phone numbers. 

Long Island Housing Services at 631-567-5111 ext. 375 to speak to a trained Fair Housing Investigator or Advocate.

Federal Government Agencies:

United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York 

271 Cadman Plaza

East Brooklyn, New York 11201

Attn:  Chief of Civil Rights, Civil  Division

718-254-7000

www.justice.gov/usao/nye 

 

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section 

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Housing and Civil Enforcement Section,

NWB Washington, D.C. 20530

(202) 514-4713 or TTY: 202-305-1882 To report an incidence of housing discrimination: 1-800-896-7743

http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/#six

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 

451 Seventh Street, S.W., Room 5116

Washington, D.C. 20410-2000

(202) 708-2878 Toll Free 1-800-669-9777

https://www.hud.gov/programdescription/fheo

HUD Online Reporting link https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint.  To reach the local HUD office in your area, call 1-800-669-9777, TDD 1-800-927-9275.

To download a complaint form, use this link: HUD Housing Discrimination Are You a Victim of Housing Discrimination https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint

The following information is from Nassau County’s website located here https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2142/Housing

The following practices are prohibited in the Village of Farmingdale and Nassau County – No one may take any of the following actions in the sale and rental of housing based on the above listed protected classes:

·         Refuse to rent or sell housing

·         Refuse to negotiate for housing

·         Make housing unavailable

·         Deny a dwelling

·         Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental

·         Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling

·         Provide different housing services or facilities

·         For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent

·         Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing

In mortgage lending the following practices are prohibited:

·         Refuse to make a mortgage loan

·         Impose different terms or conditions on a loan

·         Set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan

 In addition, it is illegal for anyone to:

·         Threaten, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right

·         Discriminate in appraising property

·         Refuse to purchase a loan

·         Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap.  This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.

MORTGAGE COUNSELING

Nassau County Executive's Home ownership Center, which opened its door in April 2007, offers homeowners facing foreclosure, and in need of assistance, a newly established County hotline that will provide counseling services, including helping residents negotiate with lenders to avoid losing their homes.

Contact the HomeOwnerShip Center
John Sarcone
Director of Housing and Homeless Services
Nassau County Office of Housing
Intergovernmental Affairs
40 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-572-1915

Nassau County Bar Association provides assistance with foreclosure preventions find them here - https://www.nassaubar.org/mortgage-foreclosure-assistance/

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