Hispanic Family in Their New Home

Creating Inclusive Communities of Opportunity

Fair housing ensures that more people have access to quality schools, good jobs, and other key services that help them realize their potential and strengthen our community. By promoting diversity, fair housing also enhances the fabric of our neighborhoods.

That is why The Fair Housing Center was founded in 1975: to help unlock the doors of opportunity for our community. The Center is a national leader in efforts to eliminate housing discrimination and enforce fair housing laws. Its work helps ensure every person’s access to safe and affordable housing regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Vision

The Fair Housing Center will be a leading visible force in preventing and correcting discriminatory practices.

Mission

The Fair Housing Center is a nonprofit civil rights agency dedicated to the elimination of housing discrimination, the promotion of housing choice, and the creation of inclusive communities of opportunity. To achieve our mission, the center engages in education and outreach, housing counseling, advocacy for anti-discriminatory housing policies, research and investigation, and enforcement actions.

Family unpacking in new home

Our Impact

Since its founding, the Center has operated as one of the most progressive and effective proponents of fair housing, leading national efforts and setting precedents that have markedly improved the quality of life for millions of Americans.

It started with one complaint, and over the last 40 years of assisting victims of housing discrimination, the Center has investigated more than 12,000 allegations and helped recover more than $33 million in damages.

The Fair Housing Center’s presence in our community has provided an educational resource for real estate professionals and others to ensure fair and equal treatment to protected classes in our country, as well as a deterrent to those who might otherwise discriminate.

Dennis Degnan, Real Estate Broker

ON AN ANNUAL AVERAGE:

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people
are assisted with housing related complaints
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people
are directly affected by investigations of housing discrimination
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people
with disabilities receive assistance in obtaining ramps, chair lifts, and shower handles
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people
receive training and education, including housing professionals and representatives of public entities, to raise awareness of fair housing rights and help prevent discrimination from occurring
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people
are are trained as testers (secret shoppers) to strengthen enforcement efforts