What is Fair Housing?

The Federal Fair Housing Act (and its Amendments) protect individuals from being discriminated in housing because of his/her:

  1. Race
  2. Color
  3. National Origin
  4. Religion
  5. Sex
  6. Familial Status (having children under the age of 18 living in the home)
  7. Disability

The Arizona Fair Housing Law has the same "protected classes".

Federal Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination in the following aspects of housing:

  • Rental/Sale/Leasing
  • Mortgages and Lending
  • Appraisals
  • Advertising
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Zoning


Sept 2016

  • HUD releases new guidance for providers, mitigating discrimination based off of an individual's Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Read about it here.
  • Read about the Fair Housing case involving a nuisance ordinance in Surprise, AZ that resulted in a $40,000 settlement in March 2016.
  • HUD issues Gender Identity rule which mandates that shelters receiving federal monies house individuals according to the gender to which they identify.
  • SWFHC wins in Fair Housing lawsuit against the City of Phoenix. Read about our case here.

April 2016

  • HUD comes out with new guidance for housing providers using criminal background checks in their application process.
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Education and Outreach

We are dedicated to raising awareness of fair housing law and educating the community about their rights. Our activities include classes, workshops, presentations, and informational tables at events. Contact us to schedule an activity or you can attend one of the events on our calendar




Don't Borrow Trouble

Don’t Borrow Trouble® (DBT) is a HUD certified counseling agency and a program of Southwest Fair Housing Council. It is an unbiased, non-profit agency dedicated to helping those in financial trouble. DBT® that knows the programs, products and people throughout Arizona. 



Do you feel that you have been the victim of housing discrimination or know someone who has? If so, please contact us. We work with housing providers and tenants to resolve issues of illegal discrimination.

Help SWFHC eliminate housing discrimination by learning how to get involved today!



Landlord and Tenant Resource Center

The Landlord and Tenant Resource Center (LTRC) is a self-help resource center which aids those who may have specific Arizona landlord and tenant issues and/or questions.

Research and Reports

SWFHC works with jurisdictions and groups across the country to identify and address fair housing issues through research and data. Reports and information about our consulting services can be found on the Research and Reports page.

Contact to learn about our consulting services.



Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Due to the recent developments and focus that HUD has placed on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) SWFHC has gathered some resources and material compiled by the National Fair Housing Alliance