Keep the fair housing enforcement fully funded.
Keep the fair housing enforcement fully funded.
Carol German pictured above is a former Long Island Housing Services client. These are her words:
"I personally know how critical the services provided by Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) are. My husband, Robert, neighbor Esther (though both since deceased) and I—all chronically disabled and mobility impaired — faced daily horrific obstacles in getting into our housing units or accessing mail at our senior condo community. We contacted LIHS seeking their intervention. Thanks to their amazing advocacy and enforcement services, we were able to fully access and enjoy our housing."
The Newsday special investigation "Long Island Divided" explains the Fair Housing testing that Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) does everyday. We applaud Newsday for exposing the racist segregation that LIHS confronts every day.
As reported in Newsday,
That’s followed by state agencies at 24 percent and HUD at 5 percent. The federal Department of Justice investigate the small remainder."
Long Island Housing Services logged over 475 hours of Fair Housing tester time last year to investigate housing discrimination in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
A recent example of our civil rights testing provided the basis for the litigation against the owner of 4 different apartment developments, NPS Property Corporation, who allegedly discriminated against prospective renters with disabilities, those with public sources of income, and African-Americans.
In recent years, Long Island Housing Services has won more victories for Long Island families by stopping government abuse of minority tenants in Mastic Beach, and wiping out vestiges of Nazi Era prejudice in Yaphank, and fighting the sexual harassment of minors in Patchogue.
In order to more effectively fight housing discrimination, Newsday has called for increased funding from HUD and New York State for nonprofits like Long Island Housing Services to enforce the fair housing laws through paired testing.
Yet despite this increased focus on housing discrimination on Long Island, as of February 14, 2020, Long Island Housing Services will have to . . .
decrease our Fair Housing enforcement.
We depend on an annual HUD grant to underwrite the cost of investigating and filing Fair Housing complaints. Our grant ends on February 14, 2020. Despite the funds having already being allocated by Congress in early 2019, the new grant application was just announced in late December 2019 . Even though the application has been issued, the new grant funding would not come in until mid-2020, leaving LIHS with a funding gap that stretches over at least several months.
Please donate to Long Island Housing Services to keep fighting housing discrimination year-round.
Our mission is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education.Founded in 1969, Long Island Housing Services, Inc. (www.LIFairHousing.org) is a private, nonprofit HUD-qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organization and a federally certified, approved Housing Counseling agency. Your donation to our 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization is Tax Deductible.
A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or us at 640 Johnson Avenue, Suite 8, Bohemia, NY 11716 or www.LIFairHousing.org. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8401.
Thank you Dr. Maxine Wilson for sharing your inspiring story of working with Long Island Housing Services to help hundreds of home buyers who had been discriminated against. (And thank you to her husband for
Dr. Wilson undertook a fourteen year legal battle against housing discrimination, fighting for fair housing and social justice; thereby resulting in a settlement. Realizing serious abuses involving a network of discriminatory, racist, fraudulent, and unscrupulous real estate developers, builders, brokers, and finance companies, Dr. Wilson staunchly refused to accept improper terms and treatment. Instrumental in her efforts was the support and technical guidance provided by Long Island Housing Services, as well as in-depth coverage through Newsday.
Dr. Wilson was not deterred by governmental interference, pronouncements of insufficient proof, threats of family harm or attempts to bribe her into indifference. Constitutional and civil rights were at stake. She faced further race discrimination, fraud, government inertia, veiled and apparent threats of harm in her journey to seek justice. Her determination and tireless efforts ultimately led to a successful challenge in Federal Court in a 400-member class action affecting 257 homebuyers in Long Island and Staten Island.