The Fair Housing Act protects individuals and families from discrimination in the sale, rental, financing or advertising of housing based on their race, color, religion, family status, national origin, sex, or disability. HCDD is committed to promoting fair housing and providing quality affordable homes in all neighborhoods.
FAIR HOUSING & TENANT/LANDLORD HOTLINE
832-394-6200, EXTENSION 5
By applying to join our Fair Housing Ambassador Program, you can connect your community to the latest information and resources relating to fair housing. Ambassadors receive training and help with events and outreach relating to fair housing. The 2021-2022 Fair Housing Ambassador Program is now available!
Learn Your Rights
Have you experienced housing discrimination?
Call the Fair Housing Hotline right away at 832-394-6200, extension 5.
Race: A grouping of humans based on shared physical or genetic traits
Examples of discrimination based on race:
- A landlord or lender steers a black family from renting or purchasing a home in a predominately white neighborhood because they are black
- A landlord or lender includes different terms or conditions in leases, sales or loans – like imposing higher interest rates on loans for Hispanic persons
- Appraisers under- or over-appraise property that is owned or bought by a person of color
Color: The shade of skin as an indication of someone's race or ethniticity
Examples of discrimination based on color:
- A real estate agent shows homes located in low-income neighborhoods only to people with darker skin colors
- A real estate agent persuades owners to sell, rent or deny their property due to the pigment of someone’s skin
Religion: A particular system of faith and worship
Examples of discrimination based on religion:
- A leasing agent quotes waiting periods for available units to someone wearing a head covering when apartments are immediately available
- A property management company prohibits head coverings in common areas of a housing complex
- A landlord denies a dwelling to someone because they are Jewish
Familial Status: Households that have children under the age of 18 or are expecting a child
Examples of discrimination based on familial status:
- A landlord refuses to rent a one-bedroom to a parent with a child
- A landlord produces discriminatory advertisements, like advertisements that say “no children”
- A landlord restricts residents with children to certain buildings in a complex
National Origin: persons from another country or part of the world
Examples of discrimination based on national origin:
- A real estate agent refuses to assist a homebuyer who has a limited English proficiency
- A property management company requires residents to speak English in common areas
Sex: The characteristics pertaining to and differentiating between masculinity and femininity based on biological sex
Examples of discrimination based on sex:
- A landlord offers to reduce the rent or other housing benefits in lieu of sexual favors
- A landlord denies access to or a membership in a facility or service due to someone’s biological sex
Disability: A person who experiences functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of life activity
Examples of discrimination based on disability: a landlord or property manager refuses to provide updates to housing units to assist with these or other concerns:
- Receptive or expressive language
- Capacity for independent living
- Economic self-sufficiency
You can also find more information at any of these resources:
Additional reports of housing discrimination can be made to:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) -- Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Join the Effort
Spread the message encouraging people to talk about Fair Housing by sharing these materials on your social media platforms!
I am Protected Campaign
The ‘I Am Protected’ (2019) campaign informs individuals about their rights and protections under the federal Fair Housing Act.
|Race||I am Protected||English Español Tiếng Việt العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|Color||I am Protected||English Español Tiếng Việt العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|Religion||I am Protected||English Español Tiếng Việt العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|Family||I am Protected||English Español Tiếng Việt العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|National Origin||I am Protected||English Español Tiếng Việt العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|Sex||I am Protected||English Español Tiếng Việt العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|Disability||I am Protected||English Español Tiếng Việt العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
Can I Be Your Neighbor
The ‘Can I Be Your Neighbor’ (2018) campaign puts a face to the issue of affordable homes in Houston. It is intended to decrease misconceptions about affordable home development and promote quality homes for all incomes across Houston.
This project was recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Adobe Government Creativity Awards.
|Campaign Overview Flyer||Say Yes||English Español|
|"I Protect Your Home"||Say Yes||English Español Tiếng Việt 中文 العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|"I Want a Better Education"||Say Yes||English Español Tiếng Việt 中文 العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|"I Save Lives"||Say Yes||English Español Tiếng Việt 中文 العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|"I Make Your Life Sweeter"||Say Yes||English Español Tiếng Việt 中文 العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|"I Send Help To You"||Say Yes||English Español Tiếng Việt 中文 العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
|"I Served Our Country"||Say Yes||English Español Tiếng Việt 中文 العَرَبِيَّة اُردُو|
Houston Be Fair Campaign
The ‘Houston Be Fair’ (2014) campaign and shows basic information about the importance of fair housing and provides information on how to fill discrimination inquiries and/or complaints.
|Be Fair||Be Fair||English|
Fair Housing Resources
|Who Pays for Reasonable Accomodations Flow Chart||English Español|
|Basics of Fair Housing||English|
|Hotline for Renters||English|
|Hotline for Landlords and Property Managers||English|
|Fair Housing Complaints||English|
|Fair Housing for the Community||English|