What is Fair Housing?
The Federal Fair Housing Act (and its Amendments) protect individuals from being discriminated in housing because of his/her:
- National Origin
- Familial Status (having children under the age of 18 living in the home)
The Arizona Fair Housing Law has the same "protected classes".
Federal Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination in the following aspects of housing:
- Mortgages and Lending
LATEST NEWS IN FAIR HOUSING
- 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 Harrassment 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.
- HUD comes out with new guidance for housing providers using criminal background checks in their application process.
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® (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.
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.