Fair Housing

April is Fair Housing Month

 The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination that is based on a person's race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and/or family status. 

Examples of housing discrimination:
- Declining a rental application for any other reason than the prospective tenant's failure to meet the landlords stated qualification criteria
- Landlords asking a prospective tenant, "How many kids to you have?" or "Are you pregnant?"
- Refusing to make reasonable accommodations for a disabled tenant

  Lewis County Fair Housing Office  

  Casandra Buell  
7660 N. State Street
3rd Floor, Suite 324
Lowville, NY 13367

Phone: 315.376.5919
Fax: 315.377.3137
Email: casandrabuell@lewiscounty.ny.gov 

  What We Do  

Educate tenants and landlords on Fair Housing Law
Investigate complaints of suspected cases of housing discrimination
Administrator of Lewis County's Fair Housing Program
Fair Housing Laws and Your Rights Flyer 2019


  Property Owners  

Landlords have rights too! Property owners are protected by the Fair Housing Laws and have the right to deny applicants who do not have the appropriate lawful criteria in respect to reasons like insufficient income or a history of evictions. It is imperative that landlords properly screen applicants by checking their rental history and references prior to signing a lease agreement.

 As landlords, it is important to know   Fair Housing Laws. Take a look at the below Fair Housing brochures!
Fair Housing Brochure  

CNY Fair Housing Brochure 



Lewis County is dedicated to the enforcement of fair housing. There are several agencies and organizations throughout our community that are focused on helping tenants find affordable housing.

 Associated Agencies  

Lewis County Opportunities 
Housing Assistance Services assists income-eligible families throughout Jefferson and Lewis Counties to obtain decent, safe, affordable housing through a variety of program services. Furthermore, Opportunities' Family Self-Sufficiency Services helps families receiving Section 8 rental assistance to achieve economic independence and self-reliance through education and job training.
For more information, visit  http://www.lewiscountyopportunities.com/  , call 315.376.8702, or stop by their office located at 8265 State Route 812 Lowville, NY 13367.

 Snow Belt Housing Company, Inc  
Snow Belt Housing facilitates access to decent, safe and affordable housing for low and moderate income residents and partners with other agencies to catalyze community revitalization throughout Lewis County. Their office provides assistance in community development, locating rentals, and administrating Housing Rehabilitation Programs, the Home Ownership Assistance Program, and the Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP).
For more information, visit  http://www.snowbelt.org/index.html  , call 315.376.2639 ext. 1, or stop by their office located at 7500 S. State Street Lowville, NY 13367.

Lewis County Department of Social Services 
DSS administers an array of programs to address homelessness in Lewis County that range from preventing homelessness to relocation of homeless persons in temporary housing. This department also assists qualified individuals with the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) for low-income household.
For more information, visit  http://lewiscountyny.org/content/Generic/View/51  , call 315.376.5400, or stop by their office located at 5274 Outer Stowe Street Lowville, NY 13367.

Lewis County Office for the Aging 
OFA works with the Lewis County Department of Social Services in filing Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) applications for residents in Lewis County.
For more information, visit  http://lewiscountyny.org/content/Generic/View/86  , call 315.376.5313, or stop by their office located at 7550 S. State Street Lowville, NY 13367.

  Additional Resources
2019 Fair Housing 101 Workshop Powerpoint 

2020 Fair Housing Basics Workshop Powerpoint

 As tenants, it is important to know your rights! Take a look at the below tenants' rights guide. 
Tenants' Rights Guide 
2016 Update Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in Lewis County 
HUD Fair Housing Information 

If you have experienced housing discrimination and would like to report a violation, please complete and submit the below complaint forms or you may contact the following offices:
  New York Regional HUD Office  212.264.8000
   CNY Fair Housing   :  315.471.0420
CNY Fair Housing Online Complaint Form 
Tenant Rights Complaint Form 

You may also contact Casandra Buell, Fair Housing Officer, to report any violations in Lewis County.