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April is Fair Housing Month!

Fair Housing Act

The Federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and local laws, such as the New York City Human Rights Law and the Nassau County and Suffolk County Human Rights Law, make it illegal to discriminate in the sale, lease, purchase, rental, or financing of any equal-housing-logohousing accommodation, or making housing otherwise unavailable, because of a protected characteristic. For a list of the protected characteristics identified by Federal, New York State, New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County, click here.

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Fair Housing Resources:

  • Fair Housing FAQ - NYSAR (Login Required)
  • Standard Operating Procedures Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Sample Standardized Operating Procedures for Purchasers of Real Estate (Required by New York Real Property Law §442-H)View the PDF
  • NYSAR Summary of Effective Dates for New Fair Housing Laws Signed By Governor Hochul in December 2021 - View the PDF
  • Form Notice Disclosing Tenants’ Rights to Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities (Managing Agent Information is Known) - View the PDF
  • Form Notice Disclosing Tenants’ Rights to Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities (Managing Agent Information is Unknown) - View the PDF
  • Notice Disclosing Tenants’ Rights To Reasonable Accommodations For Persons With Disabilities - View the PDF

  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development Guidance on Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act - View the PDF


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Finding A Place to Call Home Fair Housing On A Diverse Long Island
(168 mins)

On June 9, 2022 Nassau County Bar Association held a free Fair Housing public seminar welcoming Nassau County attorneys, real estate licensees, and members of the general public. The program featured keynote speakers from Newsday, representatives from the US Department of Justice, the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Nassau and Suffolk County public officials, and the Associate General Counsel of LIBOR.

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The Foresight of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Bryan Greene
(59 mins)

Bryan Greene, NAR Vice President of Policy Advocacy, discusses the tremendous role Dr. King played in effectively advancing Fair Housing legislation.

Is Fair Housing In Your Blind Spot?
(66 mins)

In this lively Zoom talk with Dr. Lee, you’ll experience engaging activities to determine if Fair Housing is in your blind spot and 3 ways to reset.

Nassau County Fair Housing Laws and the Nassau Commission on Human Rights Housing Complaint Process
(28 mins)

In this overview of the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights, Rodney H. McRae and Errol Williams take listeners through the process for handling Fair Housing cases, typical complaints received and a deeper dive into NYS and Nassau County Fair Housing Law.

Update from NAR on Fair Housing Policies and Initiatives
(54 mins)

In this webinar, Director of Fair Housing Policy and Valuation at NAR Sehar Siddiqi, discusses the importance of fair housing, diversity and inclusion and the role REALTORS® play in helping to fulfill the dream of home ownership for all.

Subconscious Implicit Bias and Fair Housing
(43 mins)

In this presentation, Jon Goodman, Esq, joins LIBOR for an open discussion on subconscious implicit bias and fair housing. Get all the information you need on this very important topic and explore your own implicit associations without shame or judgement.

A Really Brief History of Fair Housing
(66 mins)

Though we have made great strides toward fair housing policies in our country, we still have a long way to go. This webinar will address the history and evolution of The Fair Housing Act and its impact on society. Discover how the changing face of America affects our politics and shapes our nation. Will also discuss solutions to some of the challenges faced in our communities.

Special Fair Housing Webinar
for LIBOR Members

(58 mins)

Bryan Greene, NAR’s Director of Fair Housing Policy, will speak on the fair housing issues that have come aground on Long Island and the bigger boat of tools we will need to address them.  

The Segregation Myth: Richard Rothstein Debunks an American Lie | NowThis
(9 mins)

‘The racial segregation in every metropolitan area in this country was created by racially explicit government policy, designed to create racial boundaries.’ — Segregation expert Richard Rothstein has spent his life debunking the American myth that white and Black people live separately by choice

Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing
(53 mins)

NAR and the Perception Institute have teamed up to create a curriculum that will help REALTORS® recognize unconscious biases.

Why Cities Are Still So Segregated | Let's Talk | NPR
(6 mins)

In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today.

An Overview of the Fair Housing Act 
(6 mins)

Download this free chapter to re-energize your fair housing compliance program.
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Segregated By Design
(18 mins)

Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

"Accents" Fair Housing PSA
(1 min)

"Accents" is a short public service announcement about housing discrimination.

Matter Of Place by The Fair Housing Justice Center
(27 mins)

a documentary film that shines a bright light on housing discrimination, one of the most shrouded and misunderstood civil rights issues in America.

America Divided
(16 mins)

The EPIX-Original docu-series America Divided features stories about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system – all woven into an eight-story, five-part series.

Fair Housing Presentation Live
Fair Housing Presentation Live

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act presentation from NAR360 at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 2018. 

Understanding New York State's New Fair Housing Regulations
(14 mins)

Presented by Corporate Counsel Doreen Spagnuolo and Associate Corporate Counsel Patrick Fife

To view the slides from our Legal Counsel's webinar, click here.

The Reaffirmation of Fair Housing Principles
(4 mins)

NAR Director of Fair Housing Policy Bryan Greene reaffirms our fair housing principles and shares why those principles matter in this current climate of examining racial inequality and the pandemic.

NAR’s Role – Past, Present and Future – in Fair Housing
(8 mins)

A candid discussion with 2021 NAR President Charlie Oppler and NAR Director of Fair Housing Policy Bryan Greene.

NAR’s Fair Housing Action Plan
(4 mins)

Find out how NAR is addressing common scenarios that can open up real estate professionals to potential discrimination issues with its ACT! Initiative.



Touro Law Review with Patrick Fife

Mr. Fife and Mr. Wilder discuss the changes that were made in real estate practices and laws following the Newsday Long Island Divided investigation. Since the investigation, testing and transparency has become a main priority for fair housing and equal treatment in real estate. Additionally, the adoption of the Realtor Code of Ethics has set the industry apart by requiring that all realtors become real estate licensees and that realtors abide by a code of ethics.


1619 - The New York Times

“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones.Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed.

The Bowery Boys Podcast

EPISODE 303: The residential complexes Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, built in the late 1940s, incorporating thousands of apartments within a manicured "campus" on the east side, seemed to provide the perfect solution for New York City's 20th century housing woes.

NPR Code Switch Podcast

Ira Glass talks to a 15 year old girl who was kicked out of school after administrators discovered her mother using her grandfather’s address to send her to a school just a few miles away. The difference in education was astounding. A reporter talks to a group of New York City residents about their frustrating attempts to rent an apartment. With hidden microphones, we hear landlords tell the apartment hunters that there’s nothing available. But that’s not necessarily true.

Reveal Podcast

Reporters analyzed 31 million government mortgage records and determined that people of color were more likely than whites to be denied a conventional home loan in 61 metro areas, including Atlanta, Detroit and Washington. That’s after controlling for a variety of factors, including applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood.


This American Life Podcast

Where you live is important. It can dictate quality of schools and hospitals, as well as things like cancer rates, unemployment, or whether the city repairs roads in your neighborhood. On this week's show, stories about destiny by address.


White Space, Black Hood

The iconic Black hood, like slavery and Jim Crow, is a peculiar American institution animated by the ideology of white supremacy. Politicians and people of all colors propagated “ghetto” myths to justify racist policies that concentrated poverty in the hood and created high-opportunity white spaces

The 1619 Project

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched, and beautifully written narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

How to Be an Antiracist

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types.

White Fragility

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.


In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Four Hundred Souls

The story begins in 1619—a year before the Mayflower—when the White Lion disgorges “some 20-and-odd Negroes” onto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United States. It takes us to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history.

Me and White Supremacy

When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and over 90,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook.


How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play? With a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time.

The Color of Money

When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than one percent of the United States' total wealth. More than 150 years later, that number has barely budged. The Color of Money pursues the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks.

Red Hot City

Atlanta, the capital of the American South, is at the red-hot core of expansion, inequality, and political relevance. In recent decades, central Atlanta has experienced heavily racialized gentrification while the suburbs have become more diverse, with many affluent suburbs trying to push back against this diversity. Exploring the city's past and future, Red Hot City tracks these racial and economic shifts and the politics and policies that produced them.

American Apartheid

American Apartheid shows how the black ghetto was created by whites during the first half of the twentieth century in order to isolate growing urban black populations. It goes on to show that, despite the Fair Housing Act of 1968, segregation is perpetuated today through an interlocking set of individual actions, institutional practices, and governmental policies. In some urban areas the degree of black segregation is so intense and occurs in so many dimensions simultaneously that it amounts to "hypersegregation."

Fight For Fair Housing
The Fight for Fair Housing

The Fight for Fair Housing brings together the nation's leading fair housing activists and scholars (many of whom are in both camps) to tell the stories that led to the passage of the Fair Housing Act, its consequences, and the implications of the act going forward.

Race For Profit
Race For Profit

Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining's end, and close relationships between regulators and the industry created incentives to ignore improprieties. Meanwhile, new policies meant to encourage low-income homeownership created new methods to exploit Black homeowners.

Talking To Strangers
Talking To Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, reinvents the audiobook in this immersive production of TALKING TO STRANGERS, a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don't know. How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?

So You Want To Talk About Race
So You Want to Talk about Race

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor-at-Large of the Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Fight For Fair Housing
The New Jim Crow

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexanders The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Wilmington's Lie The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans. There were successful black-owned businesses and an African American newspaper, The Record. But across the state—and the South—white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances made by former slaves and their progeny.

Sundown Towns - A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

In a provocative, sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, Loewen uncovers the thousands of “sundown towns”—almost exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that blacks could not live there—that cropped up throughout the twentieth century, most of them located outside of the South.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation.