Fair housing is not just an important tool for eliminating discrimination; it also helps to strengthen
families, communities, businesses, and our overall economy.

What is Fair Housing?

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

  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


April 2017

  • Federal Lawsuit filed could extend into the area of housing the notion that anti-LGBT bias constitutes gender discrimination under current federal law in Smith V. Avanti case.

Dec 2016

  • Learn about Fair Housing trends, developments, and advancements in 2016. See the National Fair Housing Alliance's year-end report.

Sept 2016

  • HUD releases new guidance for providers, mitigating discrimination based off of an individual's Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Read about it here.
  • HUD announces new protections for Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence victims. HUD also provides [guidance] on the ever-popular' "Nuisance Ordinance" as it relates to Domestic Violence victims.
  • 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][0] for housing providers using criminal background checks in their application process.