New York City Government has committed $3.1 million to combat source of income discrimination, as announced by the NYC Housing Preservation & Development department. The goal of this new initiative is to combat the ongoing problem of discrimination against renters who rely on government subsidies or other forms of non-wage income to pay for housing.
Source of income discrimination is a serious issue that affects many renters in New York City. Discrimination based on a renter’s source of income is illegal in New York City, yet it remains a pervasive problem. Renters who rely on government subsidies or other forms of non-wage income are often denied access to affordable housing, leaving them at risk of homelessness.
To combat this issue, the city has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of source of income discrimination. The campaign includes targeted outreach to landlords, real estate brokers, and other housing providers to educate them about the legal requirements of fair housing and to encourage them to comply with the law. The city has also established a hotline for renters to report instances of source of income discrimination.
In addition to the new campaign, the city has taken other measures to promote fair and equal access to housing for all New Yorkers. The NYC Commission on Human Rights has partnered with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to provide free legal assistance to renters who have experienced source of income discrimination. This program is designed to help renters navigate the complex legal system and to ensure that they receive the support they need to fight discrimination.
The city’s commitment to combatting source of income discrimination has already shown significant progress. According to a recent report from the NYC Commission on Human Rights, the number of complaints related to source of income discrimination has decreased by 37% since 2019. The report also notes that the city’s efforts to raise awareness of the issue have been effective, with an increase in the number of landlords and brokers who are aware of the legal requirements of fair housing.
This new initiative is part of the city’s broader efforts to address the affordable housing crisis in New York City. With skyrocketing rents and a shortage of affordable housing, many New Yorkers are struggling to find safe and secure housing. The city’s commitment to combatting source of income discrimination is a critical step towards ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to affordable housing.
Today, we are proud to announce a $3.2 million commitment to combat source-of-income discrimination, as well as an updated progress report on the promises made in Where We Live NYC: https://t.co/vevXwUaw4X pic.twitter.com/p5oVLShe77
— NYC Housing (@NYCHousing) March 2, 2023
To read the full progress report, including the status of each of the 81 actions in the plan, visit nyc.gov/wherewelive.