• 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.

2018 Fair Housing Month Poster Contest

Please CLICK HERE to view the finalists of the Fair Housing Law Center's 2nd Annual Fair Housing Month Poster Contest. We thank all of the teachers and students who participated!

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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HUD Charges Two Ohio Companies with Discriminating Against Residents with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it has charged two Ohio corporations, Epcon Communities, Inc., and Epcon Communities Franchising, Inc. (Epcon), with housing discrimination for failing to design and construct thirty-two multifamily housing communities throughout Ohio that meet the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. Read HUD’s charge. The(…)

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HUD to Seek Public Comment on “Disparate Impact” Regulation

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it will formally seek the public’s comment on whether its 2013 Disparate Impact Regulation is consistent with the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. “HUD remains committed to making sure housing-related policies(…)

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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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