Melville Town Hall To Address Housing Discrimination

Dec 9, 2019

Several civil rights groups and community advocates on Long Island will hold a town hall on housing discrimination on Tuesday.

ERASE Racism will co-host the event in Melville with the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, NAACP and Urban League of Long Island to talk about Newsday’s investigative report, Long Island Divided. The report documented housing discrimination among Long Island real estate agents. 

Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, says the goal of the town hall is to educate the public about fair housing. 

“And hopefully for people to understand their commonality around this issue of housing discrimination. Especially since, you know, the Newsday investigation showed different, disparate treatment for the racial group that they were investigating. So the town hall is an opportunity to educate the public about fair housing in general so that they understand the rights of individuals and what does housing discrimination look like.”

The event will have opening presentations, a panel discussion and a conversation with attendees.