HCR is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing and removing barriers to housing choice for New Yorkers. On this page, you will find the policies, procedures and guidance developed to promote these goals. Please visit HCR’s Fair and Equitable Housing Office (FEHO) and New York State Division of Human Rights for more resources on fair housing and housing discrimination.

Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan

HCR’s Fair and Equitable Housing Office (FEHO) oversees the development of Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans (AFHMP) by new and existing HCR-financed projects. The goals of the AFHMP and associated policies are to reduce segregation and promote housing choice for all New Yorkers.

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Applicants and tenants of HCR and HUD-financed housing may not be denied admission or evicted from housing because the applicant or tenant has been the victim of a crime protected under the Violence Against Women Act, if otherwise qualified for the housing. The following documents provide relevant guidance and forms for implementing the HCR VAWA policy.

HCR VAWA Management Bulletin

HCR VAWA Model Forms

HUD VAWA Final Rule

HUD Guidance on VAWA Final Rule

Credit and Justice-Involvement Assessment Policies

Housing Providers cannot reject applicants for HCR-funded housing based solely on credit history. An individualized assessment must be done that takes into consideration factors like whether the debt is student or medical debt and the length of time since certain negative credit events.

Please use the following documents to apply the Credit Policy.

Justice-Involvement Assessment Policy

With limited exceptions, housing providers of HCR-financed units can no longer reject an applicant because of their criminal history without first conducting and individualized assessment of the applicant and allowing them to provide additional information.

Webinar Training on Justice-Involvement Assessment Policy


Policies and Forms


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VIDEO: Applicant Assessment Policy Updates
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VIDEO: Fair Housing in NYSHCR Housing