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We work on issues of affordable and accessible housing, including homelessness.

This page provides resources and information on the federal Fair Housing Act and how the law affects people with disabilities. The information is updated regularly.

CIDNY’s Fair Housing Act Project

CIDNY wants to know if you have been discriminated against in housing because of your disability. For example, did a realtor or landlord say they didn’t have an apartment when you knew they did? Did a landlord tell you you couldn’t have an accommodation, like grab bars in the bathroom or a ramp to the building? Were you turned down for housing because you have a voucher? Told they won’t rent to you because you have a program?

Landlords in buildings with at least 6 units cannot discriminate against you because you use Section 8 or any other voucher towards your rent.  If you have been told that you can’t use a voucher towards your rent payments, call the New York City Commission on Human Rights at 212-306-7450.

CIDNY staff members are ready to take your information and to help. They are conducting rights training, assisting with filing complaints about your housing discrimination experience, and are conducting a survey to find out about your experiences.

The Fair Housing Act contact is Chris Chalfant, Advocate/FHA Trainer, at (347) 863-4508 or cchalfant@cidny.org.

Do not hesitate to contact us. If you don’t have email, please call 212-674-2300 and ask for a Fair Housing Counselor. If you are facing housing discrimination, CIDNY can help.

Don’t forget to visit CIDNY’s Resources Page on Housing.

Power Points created by CIDNY provide a guide to your rights under the Fair Housing Act and include major issues our participants and advocates tell us about.

The Fair Housing Act – Basics (English)
The Fair Housing Act (Chinese)
Fair Housing Act (Spanish)

The Fair Housing Act – Applying for housing (English)
The Fair Housing Act – What to do if you’ve experienced discrimination (English)

Major issues around Fair Housing laws (English)
Major issues around Fair Housing laws (Chinese)
Aspectos Principales de las Leyes de Igaldad de Vivienda (Spanish)

Fair Housing laws & condominiums (English)
Fair Housing laws & condominiums (Chinese)
Fair Housing laws & condominiums (Spanish)

Resources from Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

Common Violations of the Fair Housing Act
Frequently Asked Questions about the Fair Housing Act

News Articles on the Fair Housing Act

14th Amendment Should be Used to Ensure Equal Protection for those with Disabilities 6/27/17
Ruling Illustrates Unpredictability of Fair Housing Litigation 5/26/17
Ailing vet’s dog gets landlord bitten by HUD 3/7/17
HUD Charges Okla Landlords with Discriminating Against Veterans with Disabilities 2/7/17
Fair Housing Faces an Uncertain Fate 2/3/17
Opening Acts, January 18, 2017 – Fair Housing Justice Center Newsletter 1/18/17
Cuomo, Ex-HUD Head, Urges Carson to Adopt His Zero Tolerance Policy on Fair Housing 12/21/16
Julian Castro: Leveling the Playing Field 12/30/16
Renting and the Law: Service Animals Exempted from No-Pets Clause 12/30/16
Suit Settled Over Handicapped Accessible Housing 12/5/16

For more information or questions, contact Lourdes Rosa-Carrasquillo, Director of Advocacy, at lrosacarrasqullo@cidny.org

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