• Service Animals

    Service Animals

    “After being diagnosed with depression, my doctor prescribed an emotional support animal.  My landlord will allow me to have a cat but says I have to pay an extra deposit and additional rent.”

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  • Steering

    Steering

    “We found a house we really liked in a great neighborhood.  At the open house, the agent said that this neighborhood might not be a good fit and offered to show us homes where she thought we would be more comfortable.”

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  • Familial Status

    Familial Status

    “I called to ask about an apartment.  The property manager invited me to come look at it.  When she saw me, she said there was nothing available.”

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  • Reasonable Modifications

    Reasonable Modifications

    “Since my stroke, I can’t get around like I used to.  I asked my landlord if I could install a ramp and he said no.”

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  • Have you experienced discrimination?

    Have you experienced discrimination?

    If you feel you have been a victim of housing discrimination, please click on request services.

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Fair Housing Law Center

Since 2007, the attorneys and professional staff at the Fair Housing Law Center have dedicated themselves to ensuring that protected class members are educated on the fair housing laws enacted to protect them.  The Fair Housing Law Center actively engages protected class members, advocates, housing providers, and community leaders to encourage fair housing practices throughout our communities.  Fair Housing Law Center attorneys counsel individuals whose rights have been violated and obtain remedies through administrative procedures and court action in certain jurisdictions.*

*The Fair Housing Law Center’s attorneys are licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its local federal district.  Litigation falling outside of those jurisdictions will be referred to other agencies providing similar services, where appropriate.

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Combating Sexual Harassment in Housing

The Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative is an effort to combat sexual harassment in housing led by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. The goal of the Initiative is to address sexual harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, loan officers or other people who have control over housing. If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed by someone connected to housing, contact us to tell us about this experience.

On April 11, 1968—seven days after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. The legislation was co-sponsored by then-Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale and advanced an ambitious and progressive vision: to eliminate housing discrimination and residential segregation in this country. As envisioned, the Fair Housing Act is an important tool for achieving both justice and equity. In signing the bill, President Johnson proclaimed: “At long last, fair housing for all is now a part of the American way of life. We have come some of the way—not near all of it.

HUD Charges Wisconsin Landlords with Discriminating Against Families with Children

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently charged Chuck and Lynn Hietpas, the owners of a three-bedroom duplex in Kaukauna, WI, with discrimination for refusing to rent to a family because they have children.. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has(…)

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HUD Files Housing Discrimination Complaint Against Facebook

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination. HUD claims Facebook enables advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race,(…)

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HUD Charges Minnesota Real-Estate Agent and Homeowners with Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it has charged the owners of a house in Beltrami County, Minnesota, and their real-estate agent, with discrimination for refusing to rent the house to a family because of race, national origin and their minor children. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful(…)

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HUD Approves Agreement Between Nevada Real Estate Companies and Applicant Resolving Claims of Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement between Delta House Investments, LLC in Reno, Nevada, and Premier Realty, Inc., of Carson City, Nevada, and a prospective tenant resolving allegations that they denied the applicant’s request to have an assistance animal. Read the agreement. The Fair(…)

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