Fair Street, USA
In 1968, Congress expanded the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. This policy is often referred to as the Fair Housing Act, learn more here.
Fair Street, USA is a grant-funded community art display supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to promote the protections of the Fair Housing Act and to educate the public on their rights. The first act of fighting discrimination is awareness that it is happening! Each house highlights the unique struggles protected classes face. Using art as a tool to provide the public with lasting knowledge and resources to protect themselves from discrimination in the future. This display will inform you of your right to fair housing choice, the myriad of ways households might be discriminated against, and what can be done to report discrimination.
The City of White Plains is the first to receive this grant - we are proud of the work these amazing artists and community groups have done to bring this project to life. Fair Street, USA was unveiled to the public on June 29th, 2022 at the White Plains Public Library - Library Plaza. The display is now located throughout the Library, you can check them out from now until August 2022. See the links below to learn more about our artists, community groups and important information on reporting housing discrimination to New York State and HUD.
Taeesha Muhammad: @sophisticatedcookieart
Moira Tratchenberg: @flyingmtn
Rebecca Mills: U
ltra Plastic Galaxy
Jennifer Levine: J Levine Studio
Houses and Community Groups:
Race/Color, front lobby
with the Thomas H. Slater Center
National Origin, Gallery
with El Centro Hispano
Sex/Gender, top of stairs
Familial Status, The Trove
Disability, outside Everyday Healthy Café
with Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities & Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA)
History of Fair Housing, Gallery
with Westchester Residential Opportunities (WRO)
Promoting Fair Housing, Gallery
How to Report/What to Do, Gallery
File a complaint here: NYS Division of Human Rights
Future of Fair Housing, Gallery
And a Special Thank You to....
Thank you to our artists who worked hard to create a visual representation of these issues, thank you to the many community groups that have partnered, and thank you to each individual who worked on this project and shared their personal relationship with housing discrimination. This display is just the beginning, we hope that you will use share these resources with others and keep fighting to end discrimination until everyone has access to safe, fair and affordable housing choice. Following this exhibit, we hope to share this community-based art project with others to continue spreading the message of fair housing.