FHJC Launches “Fair Housing for Young Adults”

Photo © by Bernard Kleina

April 19, 2024


The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), has created a new awareness campaign, Fair Housing for Young Adults, aimed at high school seniors, college students, and other young people preparing to enter the housing market for the first time.A colorful logo for the Fair Housing for Young Adults initiativeFirst time renters, including those who have experienced housing instability and who lack significant financial resources, are especially vulnerable to discrimination by brokers, landlords, and other housing providers. With the current housing shortage further incentivizing and emboldening providers to discriminate, it’s more important than ever for young renters and other home-seekers to know their fair housing rights.

This month, the FHJC begins partnering with a variety of schools, religious communities, and community groups to conduct in-person and online presentations to help young adults recognize, prevent, and eradicate discrimination before they begin interacting with housing providers as independent adults.

The presentations will be customized for various audiences, depending on the school or organization’s desired topics. Available modules include:

  • Harassment Awareness and Response (including harassment based on race, national origin, gender identity and sexual orientation, and retaliation),
  • Race Discrimination (including the stubborn persistence of discrimination in rentals, sales, appraisals, and lending, the use of testing as an investigative tool for enforcing civil rights laws)
  • LGBTQ+ Protections (including new federal protections post-Bostock),
  • Immigration Status (including threats to report undocumented status, responding to landlord inquiries, language as proxy for ethnicity and immigration status),
  • Familial Status (including rights of teen parents, reasonable occupancy standards, and steering),
  • Disability (including accessible design and construction of student housing, and invisible disabilities),
  • Religion (including the wearing of headscarves and other religious clothing, rules and exceptions for “affiliate” housing),
  • Environmental Justice and Fair Housing (including “heat islands,” lead exposure, Superfund sites, asthma risks, and natural disaster preparedness in redlined neighborhoods).

Title Slide for the "Fair Housing for Young Adults" program, showing three young people of different races and crediting funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All materials, including Spanish and Chinese translations, can be viewed and downloaded from the FHJC website at bit.ly/FHJCfhya. The campaign’s messaging will be further reinforced by a series of social media posts and ads aimed at young adults.

If your school or organization would be interested in participating by hosting or attending a presentation and/or receiving the accompanying educational materials, or if you would like to learn more about the campaign, please contact FHJC Intake and Outreach Director Indiana Santo at isanto@fairhousingjustice.org or call 212-400-8201.

This program is made possible by an Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) grant from the Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The mission of the FHJC, a nonprofit civil rights organization, is to eliminate housing discrimination; promote policies and programs that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws in the New York City region.