Audit firm Request for Proposal to LIHS extended to 10-29-16

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Audit firm Request for Proposal to LIHS

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Controller Recruitment extended to 8-19-16!

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Long Island Housing Services Recruits Staff Attorney - Foreclosure Prevention Program

Job Description: LIHS seeks to fill an immediate vacancy for ONE (1) licensed NYS Attorney. Successful recruit will work under direct supervision of the Foreclosure Prevention Program Manager or designee. The Attorney will advocate and provide legal services for homeowners who are in jeopardy of foreclosure in their primary residence. Bi-lingual, fluent Spanish-English speaking/written skills are a plus. Experience helpful, not required- will train. Beginning annual salary: $44,000 and generous benefits package. Read More

Beware the Deed Contract

The mid-20th century practice of private lenders offering deed contracts to credit-starved minorities has returned with the housing crash according the May 13, 2016 Washington Post article “Why a housing scheme founded in racism is making a resurgence today”, Deed contracts are different from mortgages. With a mortgage, the buyer takes ownership of the home, so the mortgage payments build up equity. 

In contrast, with a deed contract the seller retains ownership of the home until the entire amount is paid in full, so that the would-be buyer has no equity. In other words, under a deed contract the would-be buyer stays as a tenant in the property that they wish to purchase. It was common place for the would-be buyers under deed contracts to lose all their money and be evicted for a missed payment or a failure to make repairs.

With historical patterns of discrimination against minority communities obtaining financing to buy a house, these precarious deed contracts became the only path to home ownership. It was not uncommon for investors to issue deed contracts to several different families in series on the same property so they made their money several times over. This situation has been heightened by the predatory lending in minority communities which has recently caused there to be a glut of foreclosed homes for sale in minority neighborhoods. Both the US financial watchdog, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, and its New York State counterpart, the Department of Financial Services, are already investigating this process according to the May 14, 2016 New York Times article “New York Lenders Subpoenaed over Seller Financed Mortgage Alternatives” shows. The same article states that the New York State Department of Financial Services has subpoenaed Battery Point Financial, New York Mortgage Trust, Apollo Residential Mortgage and Apollo Global Management as part of an initial investigation of deed contacts in New York.

To report these deed contracts in Nassau and Suffolk counties, please contact Marian D. Reid at Long Island Housing Services at 631-567-5111, ext. 312 or

Poster Contest Update!!

LIHS would like to thank everyone who submitted their posters for our First Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest themed: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? We have received many beautiful and creative posters and it was a tough decision for the judges to select the finalists.

We look forward to continue this contest each year and hope that even more contestants get a chance to participate.

Below, you will find the posters that were chosen as finalists, please feel free to submit your votes.

(Voters can donate minimum tax deductible donations of $10 for 10 votes for their favorite poster(s). Prizes include $100 gift cards for the posters receiving the most votes in their category)

Voting dates for your favorite poster will take place between May 2 through May 16, 2016.

Click Here, or on a poster below to vote:

Fair Housing Poster Contest - 1
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Fair Housing Poster Contest - 5
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Fair Housing Poster Contest - 7
Fair Housing Poster Contest - 8

April is Fair Housing Month - Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Poster Contest

For more info, view the event details Here.

Click here for the Poster Contest Instructions.

Haga click en este enlace para ver las instrucciones del Concurso de Carteles  en Español.

German American Settlement League - Settlement Agreement and Order

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German American Settlement League Agrees To Open Community

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HUD Secretary Julián Castro Statement on Ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

Celebrating 46 Years of Advocating and
Enforcing Fair Housing for All Long Islanders

Our mission is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education.  Read about our history.
LIHS serves all the people of Long Island to
  • Promote racial and economic integration and equal housing opportunities
  • Reduce and eliminate unlawful housing discrimination
  • Conduct fair housing testing and facilitate enforcement
  • Educate and assist the public regarding housing rights and opportunities in the region
  • Provide a clearinghouse for information and public presentations
  • Encourage the development of low-income and affordable housing


Fair Housing Acessibility FIRST training 4-24-15


4-2-15 Working Mom and LIHS battle Source of Income Discrimination

Bohemia, Oceanside, New York — April 2, 2015— Long Island Housing Services, Inc. (“LIHS”) today announced a settlement agreement that resolves a series of complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) and the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights (“CHR”) against the owner and manager of an apartment complex in Oceanside, Perne Realty, Ltd., and a real estate agency operating throughout Long Island, Laffey Fine Homes.

2/09/2015 LIHS, tenants and landlords challenge Village of Mastic Beach and abusive code enforcement practices

Press Release LIHS; Tenants & Landlords v Village Mastic Beach... Read More...

2/09/2015 LIHS, inquilinos y arrendatarios demandan a la aldea de Mastic Beach por sus prácticas discriminatorias en la aplicación del código de vivienda.

Press Release LIHS, inquilinos y arrendatarios v Village Mastic Beach...Haga click aquí para leer mas....

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!!! ~ Year-round opportunity. Needed: Fair Housing Testers

Long Island Housing Services, the not-for-profit, Fair Housing agency serving Nassau and Suffolk is currently seeking conscientious people to serve as Testers. Testers are considered temporary, part-time, per diem employees, as assignments are occasional. Preliminary training is required for which a stipend is offered; per Diem Testers hired will be paid $17/hour. Read More...

Lending Discrimination on Long Island?- 12/10/15

LIHS and National Center for Suburban Studies At Hofstra U. release An Uneven Road to Recovery –Race, Place and Mortgage Lending on LI.
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