SouthCoast Fair Housing’s mission is to promote fair housing, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and ensure fair and affordable housing opportunities for all.
Some Examples of Illegal Housing Discrimination
- Stating “I don’t take Section 8.”
- Steering renters or buyers to certain neighborhoods due to their race or national origin.
- Refusing to rent to someone with children under six because there is lead in the apartment
- Hearing a potential renter’s accent and then telling them the apartment is no longer available when it actually is
- Refusing to allow a person with a disability to have a service animal because of a “no pets” policy
- Giving applicant’s different rental terms due to a protected basis
- Evicting a tenant because of the race of his or her guests
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 (FHA) (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 3601-3631), also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Congress passed the act in an effort to impose a comprehensive solution to the problem of unlawful discrimination in housing based on race, color, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, or religion.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts furthers these protections by prohibiting housing discrimination on the basis of source of income, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, gender identity, genetic identity and ancestry.
Its been 45 years since the passing of the Fair Housing Act and yet the problem still persists. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against in any of the above ways fill out this short intake sheet and we’ll get back to you.
The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.