Neighborhood Human Rights Program (NHRP) helps cultivate mutual
understanding and respect among New York City’s many communities.
The NHRP works on a grassroots level with block, tenant, merchant
and civic groups to improve and stabilize their communities.
NHRP has field offices in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens
and Staten Island. These field offices have borough wide responsibilities
that include identifying areas at risk for intergroup tension and
conflicts, supporting multi-ethnic coalitions and developing long-term
programs on leadership, cultural diversity and ethnic sensitivity
training. Major areas of focus include issues such as fair housing,
equal treatment in employment and public accommodations, community
development, equal access, and human dignity.
The NHRP conducts many educational and intervention
programs that target specific issues or populations including:
program provides disability access assistance and education to
senior citizens and the disabled community. Many of New York’s
buildings, stores and other public accommodations are not accessible
to people with disabilities. This program assists the disabled
by identifying resources that are available, advocating on their
behalf when dealing with landlords and/or service providers, and
assisting them with legal actions if early intervention fails.
Employment Rights Education
Commission on Human Rights and the New York Immigration Coalition
are co-sponsors of the Immigration Employment Rights Project (IERP).
IERP provides training for immigrant workers, employers and immigrant
advocacy organizations to advise them of their rights and responsibilities
under the Law. For example, it is illegal for employers, landlords,
businesses or services to treat immigrants differently because they
might “appear” or “sound” foreign or to
reject proper work authorization and identity documents from immigrants.
Neighborhood Human Rights Program conducts school workshops on
conflict resolution and diversity training for students.
Designed for middle, high school and college students, the school program includes three workshops: the NYC Human Rights Law, Sexual Harassment and Resolving Conflict, including Cyberbullying. Each workshop includes an overview of how the law applies to the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations and the various protected classes (e.g. race, religion, gender, or national origin). The workshops range from three to six sessions.
The Commission also offers a 10 session Peer Mediation training program for middle and high school student.
Fair Housing / Mortgage Counseling
The Commission participates in many activities to promote fair housing – equal housing opportunity under the law. These activities include: fair housing trainings for housing providers and protected groups; resolution of informal housing complaints; investigation of unlawful real estate practices; and technical assistance to tenants as part of the Citywise Task Force on Housing Court.
The Commission is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency and gives free one-on-one mortgage counseling for individuals in danger of losing their homes. Counselors help clients understand their situation, talk about workout options, and negotiate with lenders on your behalf.
Specialists from the Commission’s Borough offices visit community
events and meetings.