It is the policy of New Jersey’s Housing Authorities and Redevelopment Agencies to fully comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII and Section 3 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (as amended), Executive Order 11063, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and any other applicable Federal, State and local nondiscrimination laws, rules and regulations governing Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, including any such legislation as may be subsequently enacted.
In accord with the above stated policy, New Jersey’s Housing Authorities shall not discriminate because of race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, family or marital status, familial status (in non-elderly designated housing), disability, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the leasing, rental, or other disposition of housing or related facilities, including land, included in any development or developments under their jurisdiction. In addition, New Jersey Housing Authorities shall not take any of the following actions on account of race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, family or marital status, familial status (in non-elderly designated housing), disability, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation:
- Deny to any family the opportunity to apply for assisted housing.
- Deny any eligible applicant the opportunity to lease assisted housing suitable to its family needs.
- Provide housing which is different than that provided others.
- Subject a person to segregation or disparate treatment.
- Restrict a person’s access to any benefit enjoyed by others in connection with any program operated by New Jersey’s Housing Authorities and Redevelopment Agencies.
- Treat a person differently than other persons in determining eligibility or other requirements for admission to assisted/ subsidized housing administered by New Jersey Housing Authorities.
- Deny a person access to the same level of services as offered to others by New Jersey Housing Authorities and Redevelopment Agencies.
- Deny a person the opportunity to participate in a planning or advisory group which is an integral part of the programs administered by New Jersey’s Housing Authorities and Redevelopment Agencies.
- Automatically deny admission to assisted/ subsidized housing to a particular group or category of otherwise eligible applicants (e.g. families with children born to unmarried parents). Each applicant in a particular group or category will be treated on an individual basis in the normal processing routine.
In accord with applicable laws, rules and regulations, New Jersey Housing Authorities shall seek to identify and eliminate situations or procedures that create a barrier to equal housing opportunity for all. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and where deemed to be financially feasible, the Housing Authorities shall make such physical or procedural changes as will reasonably accommodate people with disabilities.
As conditions require New Jersey’s Housing Authorities shall issue public announcements /notices designed to encourage the submission of applications by eligible low-income persons/families for low-rent housing assistance under the Public Housing and/or Section 8 Housing Rental Assistance Programs. In an effort to further encourage potential applicants to apply for such assistance the Housing Authorities may employ additional marketing strategies, such as sending informational spots to local media outlets ( radio stations, cable TV, newspapers, or other periodicals) for broadcast or publication; conducting special outreaches to minorities, persons with disabilities and very low-income families; distributing informational pamphlets and brochures; posting notices in places of employment, unemployment offices, welfare offices, post offices, grocery and other type stores, churches, community halls and transportation centers; and reaching out to organizations which assist people with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants, homeless people and victims of domestic violence.
In order to further the objectives of nondiscrimination in assisted/subsidized housing, many New Jersey Housing Authorities employ tactics such as the following:
A. Include in their housing admissions briefings a section on compliance with Civil Rights laws that explains to program participants what should be done if they believe they have been discriminated against.
B. Prominently display Fair Housing poster in their offices and lobby areas.
C. Utilize the Equal Housing Opportunity logo and/or statement in all of their advertising and marketing publications.
D. Utilize TDD machines or an acceptable alternative for the purpose of servicing the hearing impaired.
E. Print informational notices and application forms in both English and Spanish or any other language commonly spoken in their localities.