DCR is directed by Craig Sashihara who was appointed in November 2011. During his tenure, DCR has initiated over 3,000 new investigations, recovered over $11 mil. in settlements for New Jersey residents, and issued more findings of probable cause on average than at any time in the preceding two decades.
DCR enforces the Law Against Discrimination, a state law that outlaws discrimination on, among other things, housing, employment, and public accommodation.
Craig Sashihara, Director, NJ Division on Civil Rights
Sashihara noted that the LAD is broader than the federal Fair Housing Act. “Like the Fair Housing Act, our state law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, disability, gender, familial status, and national origin. But New Jersey law also explicitly protects people who are gay, pregnant, transgender, in the military, or who rely on a housing subsidy to make ends meet.”
On the critical importance of DCR’s work, Sashihara said, “We all have the right to be treated equally in the pursuit of housing. Any person or entity that tries to deny that right—be it a landlord, property seller, realtor, homeowner’s association, or newspaper listing an exclusionary housing advertisement—will be held accountable.”
DCR provides information on Fair Housing Laws for Real Estate brokers, property buyers and renters. A letter of memorandum explains that state and federal fair housing laws apply to a wide range of housing-related activities including the advertisement, sale, rental, lease, sublease, assignment and showing of property, including open land.
At the Public Policy Form event, attendees will have the opportunity to view the traveling exhibit “Un Design the Redline.”
This Public Policy Forum is part of a series providing opportunities to engage advocates and community, faith-based and civic leaders in solutions to affordable housing issues in NJ. It follows on the success of the October 2017 forum focused on the issue of Eviction.