Westchester fair housing assistance program re-certified

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WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Human Rights Commission’s Fair Housing Assistance Program partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been recertified for five more years. 

This extended partnership allows for the county to continue to receive federal funds and to apply for grant funding programs, all of which ease the burden on taxpayers while still providing vital services. 

County Executive George Latimer said, “This partnership is another example of the fruits of their labor and will afford us even more opportunities to come up with creative solutions to solve some of our community’s most pressing issues.” 

Human Rights Commission Executive Director Tejash Sanchala called the program extension “a tremendous victory for the commission and the county. With this renewed partnership, the county can continue to access the resources of the federal government to benefit our residents. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of ensuring fair housing for all and combatting housing discrimination. We are proud to continue this important work.” 

The first grant awards the HRC $12,500 in “Partnership Funds” to create and implement a fair housing advertising campaign to place ads on buses, bus shelters and online. The second, and larger, grant is under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) and is in excess of $33,500.  This grant will help temporarily process the HRC’s increased caseload ensuring programmatic efficiency for all parties involved.