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.


The Fair Housing Center will be a leading visible force in preventing, correcting, and eliminating discriminatory housing practices. To achieve our vision, the Center works as a trusted community resource, engaging in education and outreach, advocacy for anti-discriminatory housing policies, mediation, research and investigation, and enforcement actions.


The Fair Housing Center is a nonprofit civil rights agency that promotes housing choice, the creation of inclusive communities of opportunity, and the protection and expansion of fair housing rights to support strong communities free of housing discrimination.

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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.

Quotation MarksIt’s so important to have an organization like The Fair Housing Center who will stand up and advocate for those without a voice.

Marc Folk, Exec. Director, The Arts Commission
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600 people

are assisted with housing related complaints


1500 people

are directly affected by investigations of housing discrimination


500 people

with disabilities receive assistance in obtaining ramps, chair lifts, and shower handles


900 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


75 people

are trained as testers (secret shoppers) to strengthen enforcement efforts