Simply put, housing discrimination is conduct in which an individual or family is treated unequally when trying to buy, rent, lease, sell, or finance a dwelling based on certain ‘protected categories’ known as ‘classes’ like: race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, or familial status [pregnant or presence of children under 18yrs of age]. Title VIII of the Civil Rights of 1968 basically states that no person shall be subject to discriminatory housing practices based on their protected class in the advertising of dwellings, inspection of dwellings, entry into a neighborhood, in the provision of mortgage services, or in the availability of residential real estate-related transactions. Housing Discrimination is often misidentified, ignored, or it just goes completely undetected.Learn More
Fair Housing Advocates, Inc. [FHA] is a nonprofit civil rights organization committed to ensuring that all people are provided equal housing opportunity. We provide no cost assistance to any person or organization who needs it, to include services such as: counseling, advocacy, referral services, outreach and education.
If you are a Person who believes you are a victim of housing discrimination and need help, FHA can [at no cost]:
If you are an Organization which needs our help, FHA can [at no cost]
A fair housing complaint is an allegation of discrimination violating the federal Fair Housing Act.
A fair housing complaint is a federal administrative process investigated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, also referred to as HUD. HUD is the federal agency in charge of interpreting and enforcing the Civil Rights Act. This is not a state or local civil issue, so the courts are bypassed in this process making it easy to for anyone to participate and endure. As a result, it is also a very neutral process. There are also no direct costs associated with filing a fair housing complaint.
HUD has the authority to take depositions, issue subpoenas and interrogatories, and compel testimony or documents - so a fair housing complaint is feared by any property owner, landlord, property management firm, RE Agent, mortgage broker or anyone involved in the housing process.
HUD can issue a charge of discrimination against anyone, or any organization, if reasonable cause exists to believe discrimination has occurred. A Charge of Discrimination could lead to serious consequences which are almost always avoided by negotiating a mutually agreeable settlement called a Conciliation Agreement.
Simply put- a well-executed fair housing complaint can yield tangible results for any victim of housing discrimination because of the federal leverage is real, the administrative process is no-cost, and the court system is bypassed.
FHA can help you through this entire process!Learn More
Housing discrimination goes unnoticed every day and is usually misidentified as landlord & tenant law violations instead of the serious civil rights violations they really are. In fact, the Fair Housing Act provides any victim of housing discrimination a very aggressive process to establish and defend their housing civil rights.
Fair Housing Advocates has noticed housing discrimination is going unchecked within our veteran and active duty military, law enforcement, and first responder community- our “Patriots.”
5 Simple Signs of Housing Discrimination:
Complete our Housing Discrimination Questionnaire to learn if you are a victim of housing discrimination.