BUFFALO, N.Y. — Half a century after federal legislation was enacted to protect against discriminatory housing practices, Erie County is considering its own Fair Housing Act.
The proposed plan cracks down on local housing discrimination and would set up a committee to investigate and potentially prosecute credible cases.
County legislators were joined by dozens of residents and activists at their chambers Tuesday to discuss the proposed law and listen to stories of local discrimination.
"I was a perfect tenant until I decided to transition in the city of Buffalo workforce and when that became known, I got an eviction notice from my landlord,” said Amherst resident Camille Hopkins. "He said I don't rent to people like you.”
The legislature will vote on the measure later this month.