50 pages of coverage on Housing Discrimination on Long Island
Housing Discrimination Testing
The Newsday special investigation published this Sunday and Monday under the title “Long Island Divided” explains the Fair Housing testing that Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) does every day to stop housing discrimination. We applaud Newsday for exposing the racist segregation that LIHS confronts daily.
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.
Yet despite this increased focus on housing discrimination on Long Island, as of February 15, 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. And the new grant application has not been announced despite the funds having already being allocated by Congress. Even if the application were issued today, the new grant would not come in until mid-2020, leaving LIHS with a funding gap that stretches over at least several months.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against in seeking housing, please call Long Island Housing Services at 631-567-5111 ext. 375 to speak to a trained Fair Housing Investigator or Advocate or email <a href=”mailto:info@LIFairHousing.org”>info@LIFairHousing.org</a>.<br />
Si usted cree que ha sido discriminado al buscar vivienda, llame a Long Island Housing Services al 631-567-5111 ext. 378 para hablar con un investigador o defensor de vivienda justa capacitado. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a <a href=”mailto:info@LIFairHousing.org”>info@LIFairHousing.org</a>.