Fair Housing

Fair Housing and Landlord/Tenant Issues

The mission of the Schenectady Fair Housing Program is to promote and ensure equal housing opportunities to all residents of the City of Schenectady. Our goals are to inform housing consumers that housing markets are open to all without bias and to assist consumers in securing fair housing rights when they experience housing discrimination. We also provide information and referrals for landlord/tenant issues.

"Fair Housing" refers to practices that comply with the federal Fair Housing Act, originally passed in 1968. The Fair Housing Act as amended prohibits discrimination in housing and related transactions on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability and familial status (the presence or anticipated presence of children under 18 in a home).

Not all unfair practices by a landlord or other person involved in a housing-related transaction are covered by the Fair Housing Act. Only those actions that discriminate based on one or more of the seven bases listed above are covered by the Fair Housing Act.

The following actions are illegal when it comes to housing:
  • Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling after a bona fide offer has been made, or refusal to negotiate for the sale or rental of a dwelling.
  • Changing the terms and conditions for buying or renting housing dependent upon the person inquiring.
  • Printing, posting or making statements or advertisements that a dwelling is available only to persons of a certain race, color, sex, religion, national origin, handicap or familial status.
  • Denying housing is available for inspection, sale or rental when it actually is available.
  • Discriminating in real estate transactions, such as financing, appraising, selling, brokering, making loans or providing other financial assistance.
  • Denying the use of real estate services, brokerage services or multiple listing services.
  • Threatening, coercing or otherwise intimidating or interfering with anyone trying to exercise their fair housing right or assisting others to exercise those rights.
The City of Schenectady and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are able to help with any occurrence of housing discrimination. If you think your rights have been violated, Use one of the following links to file a complaint. 

NYS Department of Human Services (DHS):


 Information you will need to make a complaint:
  • Your name and address
  • The name and address of the person against whom you are making the complaint
  • The address or other identification of the housing involved
  • A short description of the alleged violation
  • The date(s) of the alleged violation
If you need help filing a complaint or have other landlord/tenant related issues Contact Schenectady Community Action Program

SCAP is now open for limited walk in services at 913 Albany Street!  We also have a new online portal that customers can use to access services without ever having to come into the office.  Below are the three ways customers can get connected to a case manager.  We currently have funding for rental assistance and other financial needs. 

 Access SCAP online through the Customer Portal: scapny.org (big red button on the home page for the portal).  After creating a profile in the portal someone from the SCAP team will reach out for follow up by phone.  All services can be done remotely.

If you do not have internet access call SCAP at 518-374-9181.  Tell the receptionist or leave a message after hours saying you need financial assistance.  Someone will follow up with you by phone, all services can be done remotely.

If you do not have phone or internet access we have limited walk in appointments Monday-Friday at 913 Albany Street.  Appointments are given out first come first serve starting at 9am.  The building is currently closed between 12-1 for lunch.   

City of Schenectady Annual Fair Housing Luncheon April 24, 2019

Opening remarks: https://youtu.be/txFDL2eoOyo

Mayor McCarthy: https://youtu.be/sd4oZE4UOO8

Congressman Tonko: https://youtu.be/KSEtn1_8JMg

Superintendent Spring: https://youtu.be/U_eQcWX8iT8

Richard Homenick: https://youtu.be/iXd4Vp9_wiw

Gary Morant-SCAP: https://youtu.be/Pj1uV-PSPMA

Jo-Ann Frey: https://youtu.be/0tZYYNHQ0YY