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The Fair Housing Act (FHA), enacted as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibits discrimination from selling or renting a dwelling to any person because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, family status, and national origin. The federal government provides rental subsidies for many low-income renters through government programs. Rental assistance such as Section 8 vouchers administered by Housing and Urban Development is considered a lawful source of income for paying rent; however, many landlords or realtors discriminate against individuals utilizing Section 8 vouchers. According to the New York City Human Rights Law, this is illegal. The Legal Aid Society filed a federal lawsuit against 88 New York City real estate firms and landlords alleging housing discrimination towards prospective tenants attempting to use Section 8 housing vouchers. The lawsuit claims that nearly half of all cases recorded under the investigation were denied housing. It is against the law in New York State for landlords or brokers to deny an applicant who uses housing vouchers, and it is considered a violation of the FHA.


This poster, first place winner for non-STEM individual projects, was presented at the 37th Semi-Annual Dr. Janet Liou-Mark Honors & Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, Dec. 1, 2022. Mentor: Prof. Jeannette Espinoza (Law and Paralegal Studies).



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