At SERI we have been awarded $103,175 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help eliminate housing discrimination through the Fair Housing Initiative Program – Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI). Our initiatives will help eliminate biases and prejudices in the community, making our community a place where everyone can live, work, and engage. Limited-income and minority communities are more at risk of housing discrimination as they have the least access to fair housing education, resources, and are affected most by retaliation. During COVID-19 our program is virtual with the exception of sending some direct mail. Through our program individuals receive free educational resources on fair housing including free educational events. To learn more and attend an event please visit our Fair Housing Calendar page. In order to help those who believe they are potential victims of housing discrimination we have a complaint hotline for them to contact. Once received we will review the complaint and then refer the complaint to our regional agency partner, Southwest Fair Housing Council (SWFHC). SWFHC will then assist individuals with allegations of illegal housing discrimination by providing investigative assistance, counseling, mitigation of complaints, and referrals to resources across Arizona.
We have additionally been awarded $20,000 in grant funding from HUD to address the COVID-19 pandemic through Fair Housing Initiatives Program – Education and Outreach Initiative (COVID-19). Historically, during disasters and emergencies, fair housing discrimination and violations increase. The most vulnerable groups during these times are those with disabilities and who are older. Through education and outreach we will help landlords, rental agencies, lenders, insurers, real estate agents, and housing agencies become more knowledgeable and understand the importance of following fair housing laws that protect people from housing discrimination. To learn more and attend an event please visit https://seriaz.org/calendar
In 1968 the Fair Housing Act (FHA) was signed, making it illegal for people to discriminate in any aspect of housing based on an individuals’ race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. The FHA defines there as their seven federally protected classes.
The Fair Housing Act applies to when people are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in any other housing-related transactions.
Otherwise make housing unavailable or discourage the purchase or rental of a dwelling.
Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling.
Provide a person different or limit privileges in housing services or facilities of a dwelling.
Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental.
Make an advertisement of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination.
Impose different sales prices or rental charges for the sale or rental of a dwelling.
Use different qualification criteria or applications, or sale or rental standards or procedures.
Harass a person.
Assign a person to a particular area of a building or neighborhood.
Refuse to make a mortgage loan or provide other financial assistance for a dwelling.
Refuse to provide information regarding loans.
Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points, or fees.
“The advertisement is wrong. The rent is really $50 higher per month starting in August.”
“We only take people who speak English clearly.”
“You might be more comfortable living elsewhere. I’ll show you neighborhoods with mosques.”
“Unfortunately, steps are all we have. We can’t accommodate a walker for you.”
“There’s a lot of traffic in this area. It isn’t safe for kids to live here.”
“We recommend you and your family rent on the first floor for easier access.”
“A professional couple is preferred for this rental due to high turnover in the past.”
“Unfortunately, toilet and washer repairs are not available until next week.”
“This is a one-person bedroom, sorry.”
“Due to your background, we will need to collect additional documents.”
How To File A Complaint With SERI
If you think you have experienced unlawful discrimination in housing you can file a complaint. We will respond within 1 business day and refer your complaint to the proper agency. We are a Arizona Relay Friendly Business.
During this workshop you will learn how disability is protected under the Fair Housing Act along with what falls under a disability, reasonable accommodations, reasonable modifications and accessibility requirements for buildings.
For general inquiries please contact us at 520-321-9488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This material is based on work supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under FHIP Grant EOI FEOI20038 and FEO2100215. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of HUD.