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Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination

Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on a person's national origin, race, gender, color, disability, religion, or familial status. This document explains your rights in more detail.

Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

Housing for LGBT People

When lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples set out to buy or rent a home, they may confront several forms of discrimination that married heterosexual couples do not face. LGBT couples can face discrimination in access to housing, and there is no federal law against it.

How to File a Discrimination Charge

This web page, from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) web site, shows you how to file a discrimination charge if you believe you have been discriminated against by an employer, labor union or employment agency when applying for a job or while on the job because of your race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, or believe that you have been discriminated against because of opposing a prohibited practice or participating in an equal employment opportunity matter.

How to File a Housing Discrimination Complaint with HUD

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint.

Information for Disabled Persons

This page is designed to answer frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law.

LGBT & HIV Housing Discrimination Video

A video on federal and state protections against housing discrimination for LGBT people, including the Fair Housing Act.

Reasonable Modifications Under the Fair Housing Act

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is unlawful discrimination to refuse to permit a disabled person to make reasonable modifications to existing property if it is necessary to afford that person full enjoyment of the property.

Renters in Foreclosure Toolkit

An outline of provisions protecting tenants living in foreclosed buildings.

Searching Affordable Rental Housing

Whether you are looking for a place to call home, or you would like a place to list your rental properties. A free statewide listing and locating service is now available to assist you...

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