Fair Housing Resources
Federal Laws and Regulations
The Federal laws that regulate the fair housing mandates include more than Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended. It is also enforced by the follow laws and regulations.
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title II prohibits discrimination in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services, and activities provided or made available by public entities. HUD enforces Title II when it relates to state and local public housing, housing assistance and housing referrals.
Age Discrimination Act of 1975
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
If You Think YOUR Rights have been violated…
Launch an online complaint with HUD using the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form (Form 903). Learn the basic facts about the Housing Act and your rights under the Act. Read about the steps of the Fair Housing complaint process.
Remember housing discrimination is not only illegal, but it contradicts the integrity and principles of freedom and opportunity that we treasure as Americans.
Fair Housing Resources and Links
- Are You a Victim of Housing Discrimination?
- Fair Housing Booklet – Quick Guide & Essential Facts.
- Locate the Local Office in your area
- Unfair Lending Practices – What You Should Know
- Visit HUD for more information on Fair Housing
Fair Housing Presentations and Information
Presentation on Fair Housing by Glendora C. Hughes, Esq., General Counsel of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.
Glendora C. Hughes is the General Counsel for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and is responsible for the overall supervision and administration of the Legal Department for the Commission.
Presentation on Implicit Bias by Dr. Kris Marsh of the University of Maryland
Dr. Marsh received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 2005. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland, where she has been tenured since 2014. Dr. Marsh’s general areas of expertise are the Black middle class, demography, racial residential segregation, and education.
Implicit Bias Resources
- Exploring Implicit Bias and Promoting Equity - Video lecture available for free from the National Council on Family Relations until August 30, 2020
- Implicit Bias in the Workplace: Definition, Examples & Impact - video and lesson series on study.com (free account required to view entire lesson)
- Understanding Implicit Bias - information on implicit bias from the University of Ohio's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
- How to Submit a Fair Housing Complaint
Residents of Bowie and Prince George's County who believe they have been discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodations, or state contracts because of race, color, religion or creed, sex, age, ancestry or national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (employment only), and/or familial status (housing only), may file a complaint of discrimination with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR). Click here to be redirected to the MCCR page to file a complaint.
People who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (Relay). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to hud.gov/fair housing.