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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New York State’s REALTORS® support equal housing opportunities for all

As we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, Buffalo’s REALTORS® know that despite the great progress that has been made in nearly five decades, we must be diligent in ensuring fair access to housing for all.
We applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to expand state fair housing protections on the basis of gender identity and his partnership with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) here in Buffalo as part of his Fair Housing Enforcement Program.
I’m proud to note that REALTORS® incorporated gender identity as a protected class in our Code of Ethics in 2014.
As professionals who help bring buyers and sellers together, REALTORS® see on a daily basis the fulfillment that comes with homeownership. But, sadly, we know that housing discrimination still exists in 2016.
REALTORS® support measured government efforts to root out housing discrimination such as the state’s partnership with HOME in our communities. It is our hope the program will serve as a great reminder to sellers, real estate licensees and landlords that housing discrimination will not and cannot be tolerated.
Both The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS and HOME work together through the twenty five member Erie County Fair Housing Partnership whose missions is to eliminate housing discrimination through education and outreach to the community.
Buffalo’s REALTORS® vigorously support the ideal that no one should be discriminated against based on race, color, national origin, disability or familial status as well as the additional protected classes under New York State Law including sexual orientation, military status, age or being a victim of domestic violence.
As advocates for fair housing, REALTORS® believe in building strong, diverse communities where all are welcome.
Debbie Norman
Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs

Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors

200 John James Audubon Pkwy

Amherst, NY  14228

716-636-9000   fax: 716-636-9121
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