Housing Discrimination

Housing discrimination is the unequal treatment of an individual or family based on that individual’s or family’s race, color, religion, gender or sex, national origin, mental disability or physical disability, or familial status (families with children).

In 1968 Congress passed the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The FHA prohibits discrimination against any individual because of that person’s race, color, gender or sex, or national origin. In 1988 Congress amended the FHA with the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA). The FHAA increased penalties for fair housing violations and also added discrimination against individuals with mental or physical disabilities and discrimination against families with children under the Act’s protection.

The FHA makes it unlawful to deny any person a dwelling or to discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with a dwelling because of that person’s race, color, gender or sex, national origin, mental disability or physical disability, or familial status (families with children).