Housing Discrimination

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of:

Race
Color
National origin
Religion
Sex
Familial status (families with children)
Disability

Under the Fair Housing Act, the following activities are illegal:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental
  • For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting)
  • Deny any access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale of housing
  • Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules or services if necessary for a disabled person to use the housing
  • Refuse to allow a disabled person to make reasonable accommodations to his/her dwelling
  • Threaten or interfere with anyone making a fair housing complaint
  • Refuse to provide municipal services, property insurance or hazard insurance for dwellings, or providing such services or insurance different

To find an advocate like the one pictured check out the information below

If you are a victim of housing discrimination contact one of the agencies below for assistance

These agencies provide help to victims of housing discrimination

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Southwest Fair Housing Council

The Southwest Fair Housing Council is a nonprofit housing advocate that works with housing providers and tenants to resolve issues of illegal discrimination. They can usually provide immediate assistance in addressing issues at the property level and assist in filing complaints. Additionally they conduct fair housing testing throughout the state.

Contact: 1-888-624-4611

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Community Legal Services

Community Legal Services provides equal access to our civil justice system to low-income residents of Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai, Yuma and La Paz counties. We have multiple locations throughout the state of Arizona. Please contact the office nearest you for additional information. They have excellent staff that are experts in fair housing.

Contact: 1-800-852-9075

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Arizona Attorney General

The Arizona Civil Rights Division (the “ACRD”) was created within the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as the administrative agency charged with enforcing the Arizona Fair Housing Act. The ACRD seeks to remedy and prevent housing discrimination by taking complaints from members of the public, investigating those complaints, and if it determines there is reasonable cause to believe housing discrimination occurred , files and prosecutes lawsuits on behalf of those aggrieved by discriminatory housing practices. In addition, the ACRD offers alternative dispute resolution services to parties to housing discrimination complaints and regularly provides education and outreach regarding fair housing issues throughout Arizona. Furthermore, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has designated the ACRD as a Fair Housing Assistance Program, which works cooperatively with HUD to investigate complaints filed with HUD and referred to the ACRD.

Contact: (602) 542-5263

City of Phoenix

City of Phoenix
Equal Opportunity Department

The C & E Team enforces City of Phoenix ordinances that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. We accomplish this through the following services:

  • Investigate complaints related to employment, housing and public accommodations filed on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity or expression.
  • Ensure that the City is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Provide training on a multitude of topics including disability issues, discrimination, fair housing and equal employment opportunity.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may report the situation to the City of Phoenix, Equal Opportunity Department.  Complaints of housing discrimination brought to the attention of the City will be thoroughly reviewed.  Those that are determined to involve a violation of fair housing laws will be investigated.

Contact: 
251 W. Washington St., 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ  85003
Phone: 602-262-7486
Fax: 602-534-1124
TTY: 602-534-1557
https://www.phoenix.gov/eod