In general, there are effective laws in place to ensure everyone has fair access to housing regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, family status, or disability. Unfortunately, these laws exist because not everyone has equal access to housing. If you believe you have experienced discrimination or if you are an advocate and want to know more about housing rights you can go to these resources:
Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The Federal government will usually require that you first try to resolve the issue with your state and local offices. Go to the HUD Housing Complaints page and scroll down to find your state's information.
Fair Housing Accessibility First
Fair Housing Accessibility First also has a variety of resources on fair housing laws and practices. The link below will take you to the FAQ page with questions and answers related to fair housing. This website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Fair Housing Act of 1998
This site provides the written text of the Fair Housing Act of 1998.
National Fair Housing Advocate Online
This national site reports the latest news and information on fair housing and housing discrimination issues.
The National Housing Law Project (NHLP)
The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is a national housing law and advocacy center.
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
The Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) and its Disability Law Research Project provides an overview of disability housing laws.