The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.
Examples of discrimination are falsely denying that housing is available, discriminatory advertising, refusal to rent, and discrimination in the terms of the lease. Any person who wants to know what their rights are or believes they are being discriminated against should file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website or call the hotline number 1-800-669-9777.
Update from HUD: Housing Discrimination Because of HIV/AIDS is Illegal
Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) face a number of challenges that are often amplified by stigma and discrimination associated with the virus. To many, discrimination acts as a barrier to meeting basic needs such as shelter. HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, which administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and its Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity have collaborated to provide information on housing discrimination because of HIV/AIDS.
Learn more now:
Fair Housing Act -Basic Facts
How to File a Housing Discrimination Complaint with HUD
How to File a Section 504 Complaint with HUD
Blog Post: Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS Fight Back Against Housing Discrimination
Department of Justice - HIV/AIDS Discrimination
FAQs on HIV/AIDS Discrimination
How to File a Complaint of HIV/AIDS Discrimination with the Department of Justice
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