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New York Governor Announces Initiatives to Address Housing Discrimination

The Fair Housing Testing Program in New York will be expanded for $2.2 million, according to Governor Kathy Hochul.

The program aims to remove discrimination in real estate purchases and rents.

According to the governor’s office, New York State collaborated with six nonprofit organizations to send undercover testers who pretended to be renters and homebuyers.

Increased education and communication initiatives on fair housing rights, including for people with a background in the criminal justice system, will result from the expansion and additional investigations into cases of alleged housing discrimination.

Hochul stated in a statement, “I am utilizing all of the resources at my command to prevent housing discrimination and guarantee that all New Yorkers are handled with dignity, fairness, and respect when searching for the housing of their choice. As we increase access to housing across New York State. “Our support for this important initiative sends a loud and clear message: housing discrimination is unacceptable in New York.”

The Fair and Equal Housing Office of New York State Homes and Community Renewal are in charge of running the fair housing testing program. Also, the program continues the communication and testing efforts of the Removing Barriers to Housing New York program, which was started by the New York Office of the Attorney General in collaboration with Enterprise Community Partners.

As stated in a news release, HCR has finalized contracts with 6 firms to carry out testing in 48 counties, such as the 5 boroughs of New York City, the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, Westchester, Albany, and Schenectady.

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