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MEETING WILL DISCUSS FAIR HOUSING BARRIERS

Barriers to fair housing will be discussed at a public comment session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center, 3001 Ninth St.

The session will be hosted by Housing Opportunities Made Equal, a Buffalo-based civil rights organization, commissioned by the city to study barriers to fair housing. Before submitting its final report, HOME wants to solicit opinions about issues that may limit equal opportunity in housing choice in the city. The completed report is expected to have an impact on how federal dollars are spent.

The study will look at such issues as discrimination in housing; cost and condition of housing; availability of housing for people with disabilities; appraisals, mortgage and home improvement lending; rental and real estate practices; availability of homeowners and renters insurance; property taxes and zoning; public transportation; and access to schools and public services.

HOME provides comprehensive services for victims of housing discrimination, paralegal information to resolve landlord-tenant disputes, community education regarding fair housing issues and technical assistance to housing, human service and government organizations.

For information on the public comment session, call 854-1400. Written comments may be submitted by Dec. 10 to Housing Opportunities Made Equal, 700 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14202 or by e-mail at sgehl@homeny.org.

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