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Affordable, mixed-income housing and racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods are a benefit—both economically and socially—to all our residents. If a community shuts its doors to people of any income-level, race, or ethnicity, that community cannot prosper.

In 2014, the Westchester County Executive turned to 50 community leaders for their insights about the economic future of the county. To them, the greatest opportunity to attract new businesses was the opportunity to recruit talent, and the greatest opportunity to recruit talent was to offer a larger variety of mixed-income housing choices. On the other end, youth flight—or, the inability to keep young professionals in the community where they grew up—is seen as one of the greatest threats to the county’s economy.

Moreover, the social benefits of mixed-income and racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods are great as well.  Increasing diversity across economic, racial and ethnic spectrums leads to better education for our children, improved tolerance of others, and greater cultural awareness.

Below, you can find some of the benefits of mixed-income housing and racially and ethnically integrated communities, as well as links to sites that contain additional information you may find helpful and informative.

Benefits of Mixed-Income Housing

  • Mixed income housing promotes racially and ethnically diverse communities, providing a nurturing environment with diverse schools to raise children
  • Mixed income housing provides opportunities for seniors, young adults, and families to live in communities, at prices they can afford
  • Mixed income housing promotes economic empowerment and integration
  • Mixed income housing helps the local workforce, including volunteer first responders, live in the same community where they work
  • Mixed income housing revitalizes distressed areas

Benefits of Racially and Ethnically Integrated Communities

  • Diversity contributes to greater tolerance, fair-mindedness and openness to diverse networks and settings
  • Diversity makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working
  • Diversity broadens the range of cultural experiences available
  • Diversity is a magnet for talent, stimulates new ideas and spurs economic growth  Diversity in the classroom improves students’ academic outcomes and social growth. Schools flourish because contact with different types of people, different perspectives, different ways of thinking and different lifestyles helps us understand our own culture and values, and the world around us. Our children grow up to be more culturally sensitive, deal better with diverse work situations, and are less likely to apply racial stereotypes.

Resources

Fair Housing Ad Campaign, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

Note: These resources and links are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the County of Westchester of the information or opinions expressed therein.  The County of Westchester bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites or for that of subsequent links. 

Affordable, mixed-income housing and racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods are a benefit—both economically and socially—to all our residents. If a community shuts its doors to people of any income-level, race, or ethnicity, that community cannot prosper.

In 2014, the Westchester County Executive turned to 50 community leaders for their insights about the economic future of the county. To them, the greatest opportunity to attract new businesses was the ability to recruit talent, and the greatest opportunity to recruit talent was to offer a larger variety of mixed-income housing choices.

Below, you can find some of the benefits of mixed-income housing and racially and ethnically integrated communities, as well as links to sites that contain additional information you may find helpful and informative.

Benefits of Mixed-Income Housing

  • Mixed income housing promotes racially and ethnically diverse communities, providing a nurturing environment with diverse schools to raise children
  • Mixed income housing provides opportunities for seniors, young adults, and families to live in communities, at prices they can afford
  • Mixed income housing promotes economic empowerment and integration
  • Mixed income housing helps the local workforce, including volunteer first responders, live in the same community where they work
  • Mixed income housing revitalizes distressed areas

Benefits of Racially and Ethnically Integrated Communities

  • Diversity contributes to greater tolerance, fair-mindedness and openness to diverse networks and settings
  • Diversity makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working
  • Diversity broadens the range of cultural experiences available
  • Diversity is a magnet for talent, stimulates new ideas and spurs economic growth Diversity in the classroom improves students’ academic outcomes and social growth. Schools flourish because contact with different types of people, different perspectives, different ways of thinking and different lifestyles helps us understand our own culture and values, and the world around us. Our children grow up to be more culturally sensitive, deal better with diverse work situations, and are less likely to apply racial stereotypes

Resources

Promoting Neighborhood Diversity: Benefits, Barriers and Strategies, Margery Austin Turner and Lynette Rawlings.

Cosmopolitan Masala: Diversity Enriches Us All, Phillippe Legrain

Benefits of Diverse Communities, National Fair Housing Alliance

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter, Katherine W. Phillips

Diverse Schools are Stronger Academically and Socially, Eileen Gale Kugler

How Non-Minority Students Also Benefit from Racially Diverse Schools, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

Diversity and Economic Development in Urban Neighborhoods, Melissa Kay Jones

 

Note: These resources and links are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the County of Westchester of the information or opinions expressed therein. The County of Westchester bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites or for that of subsequent links.

Despite the best efforts of federal, state, and local governments, discrimination still exists. However, as Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has repeatedly stated, there is no place for discrimination in Westchester.

About the Human Rights Commission
The mission of the
Westchester County Human Rights Commission is to combat discrimination through the enforcement of the Westchester County Human Rights Law and Fair Housing Law, to engage in education and outreach to educate the public on its rights and obligations under these laws, and to help promote positive racial and ethnic relations among Westchester’s diverse population.

The Human Rights Commission is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has a full and fair opportunity to housing because diverse, inclusive communities with access to good jobs, schools, health care, transportation, and housing are crucial to our nation’s prosperity in the 21st century.

The Human Rights Commission is further committed to fighting discriminatory practices in housing which have perpetuated segregation in our communities and resulted in significant disparities between white and non-white households in access to good jobs, quality education, homeownership attainment and asset accumulation.

Fair Housing is Your Right
The Westchester County Fair Housing Law, which is broader and more comprehensive than federal law, recognizes 16 different protected classes (federal law only recognizes 7):

Race, Color, Religion, Sex/Gender, Familial Status, National Origin, Disability, Age, Alienage/Citizenship Status, Ethnicity, Creed, Sexual Orientation, Marital Status, Victim of Domestic Abuse, Victim of Sexual Abuse, Victim of Stalking, Source of Income

If you feel that you have been discriminated against on any of the above bases by a current or prospective housing provider/real estate agent in Westchester County, please contact the Westchester County Human Rights Commission at:

112 East Post Road 3rd Floor
White Plains, New York 10601
Tel: (914) 995-7710

Affordable, mixed-income housing and racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods are a benefit—both economically and socially—to all our residents.

In 2014, the Westchester County Executive turned to 50 community leaders for their insights about the economic future of the county. To them, the greatest asset for attracting new businesses was the strength of the county's talent pool and the best way to recruit and retain that talent was to offer a larger variety of mixed-income housing choices. On the other hand, youth flight—young people leaving Westchester for better jobs and housing opportunities—was seen as a potential threat to the county's economic prosperity.

Benefits of Mixed-Income Housing

  • Mixed income housing promotes racially and ethnically diverse communities, providing a nurturing environment with diverse schools to raise children
  • Mixed income housing provides opportunities for seniors and young adults to stay in their communities at prices they can afford
  • Mixed income housing promotes economic empowerment and integration
  • Mixed income housing helps the local workforce, including volunteer first responders, live in the same community where they work
  • Mixed income housing revitalizes distressed areas

Benefits of Racially and Ethnically Integrated Communities

  • Diversity contributes to greater tolerance, fair-mindedness and openness to diverse networks and settings
  • Diversity broadens the range of cultural experiences available
  • Diversity is a magnet for talent, stimulates new ideas and spurs economic growth
  • Diversity in the classroom improves students' academic outcomes and social growth. Schools flourish because contact with people with different perspectives, different backgrounds and different lifestyles helps us understand the world around us. Our children grow up to be more culturally sensitive, deal better with diverse work situations, and are less likely to apply racial stereotypes

Resources

Mixed-Income Housing and the Home Program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mixed-Income Living: Anticipated and Realized Benefits for Low-Income Households, Diane K. Levy, Zach McDade and Kassie Bertumen

Promoting Neighborhood Diversity: Benefits, Barriers and Strategies, Margery Austin Turner and Lynette Rawlings.

Cosmopolitan Masala: Diversity Enriches Us All, Phillippe Legrain

Do We Know More Now? Trends in Public Knowledge, Support and Use of Fair Housing Law, Martin D. Abravanel

Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Rethinking the Effects of Immigration on Wages, Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri

Benefits of Diverse Communities, National Fair Housing Alliance

The Benefits of Diversity: What the Research Tells Us, Daryl G. Smith and Natalie B. Schonfeld

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter, Katherine W. Phillips

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

 

Note: These resources and links are being provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the County of Westchester of the information or opinions expressed therein. The County of Westchester bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites or for that of subsequent links.