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Fair Housing

The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the U.S. Fair Housing Act, along with the Arizona Fair Housing Act, prohibit housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability.

Many individuals and families are subjected to unfair and unlawful acts of housing discrimination today. The National Fair Housing Alliance reports that illegal discrimination continues to exist nationwide, which prevents protected class individuals from obtaining the housing they choose and can afford.

Some signs of possible discrimination include:

  • A refusal to sell, rent or show available housing
  • A statement that the dwelling is not right for your family
  • The dwelling has an “Available” sign, but you are told it is not available
  • Steering to certain communities or neighborhoods based on race, ethnic compositions, or familial status
  • Terms or availability change between a phone contact and an in-person visit
  • You are not contacted after acceptance of your application
  • An unreasonable refusal to provide a mortgage loan or home owners insurance
  • You are harassed or intimidated

If you think you have been a victim of housing discrimination:

  • Write down names of individuals, companies, addresses, phone numbers, dates, times, and any witnesses involved.
  • Make notes of conversations or incidents that might indicate that discrimination occurred.
  • Keep copies of advertising, letters, material, or other information.
  • If you know a person of a different national origin, race, religion, disability, or opposite sex who received a different answer or treatment than you, make a note of their name and address
  • Contact one of the resources below to make a complaint

Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Division

1275 West Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
1-877-491-5742 (toll free)
1-877-624-8090 (toll free TDD)

Southwest Fair Housing Council

2030 E. Broadway, Ste 101
Tucson, AZ 85719
Se habla espanol

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

San Francisco Regional Office
600 Harrison Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107-1387

National Fair Housing Alliance

1212 New York Avenue NW Ste. 525
Washington D.C. 20005

Arizona Housing Alliance

The Arizona Housing Alliance is a statewide organization that supports and advocates for quality housing that Arizonans can afford. Click here for a link to their website.