• 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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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.

Justice Department Obtains Settlement of Case Alleging Disability-Based Discrimination in Housing

The Justice Department recently announced that it has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit against the owners, builder, and designer of the Ashlynn Estates, a three-building dormitory-style property near Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Keith and Tamra Riexinger own the property, and Riexinger Enterprises Inc. (also known as Crossroads Construction) designed and built it.(…)

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Facebook Sued by Civil Rights Groups for Discrimination in Online Housing Advertisements

March 27, 2018, New York City – Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (“NFHA”) and three of its member organizations filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. in federal court in New York City, alleging that Facebook’s advertising platform enables landlords and real estate brokers to exclude families with children, women, and other protected classes of people from receiving housing ads.(…)

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HUD and City of Houston Reach Fair Housing Agreement

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Houston announced a joint agreement designed to expand housing choice and mobility for lower income residents, including those experiencing homelessness and victims of Hurricane Harvey. The agreement requires the City of Houston to adopt multifamily priorities and a policy for objectively evaluating(…)

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