Examples of Unlawful
Unlawful housing discrimination can take a variety of forms. Under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act, it is unlawful for a landlord, managing agent, real estate broker, or sales person to discriminate against any person because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to them, as well as gender and perception of gender), sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, medical condition, or age in any of the following ways:
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
investigates housing discrimination complaints. The department's
Housing Enforcement unit can be reach at 1-800-233-3212. You can learn
about the department's complaint process at www.dfeh.ca.gov.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the federal fair housing law, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, and handicap (disability). To contact HUD, and file a complaint, visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp.
Legal Aid Organizations - Provide free legal advise, representation, and other legal services in noncriminal cases to economically disadvantaged persons. You may contact Visalia's Legal Aid at 559 733-8770.
Fair Housing Council of Central California (FHCCC)- FHCCC serves the racially and ethnically diverse, multi-cultural region of California's great Central Valley. FHCCC investigates complaints of housing discrimination and predatory lending, offers mediation, counseling, advocacy, research, and fair housing training and workshops for consumers as well as housing providers. FHCCC is a professional, non-profit, civil rights organization dedicated to the elimination of discrimination in housing and the expansion of housing opportunities for all persons. You may contact Fresno office at 559-244-2950.