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Fair Housing/Discrimination Complaint

The City of Edinburg stands firmly with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which “prohibits discrimination and the intimidation of people in their homes, apartment buildings, and condominium developments – in nearly all housing transactions, including the rental and sale of housing and the provision of mortgage loans”.

Ensuring equitable access to rental housing and homeownership opportunities stands as a fundamental pillar of our nation's federal housing policy. Those who discriminate against individuals based on factors such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, or disability in their housing practices are in direct violation of federal laws. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to pursuing enforcement measures against such housing providers.

Equal access to rental housing and homeownership opportunities is the cornerstone of this nation’s federal housing policy. Housing providers who refuse to rent or sell homes to people based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability are violating federal law, and HUD will vigorously pursue enforcement actions against them.

Fair Market Equal Opportunity for All Booklet:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/FHEO_BOOKLET_ENG.PDF

HUD is ready to help with any problem of housing discrimination. If you think your rights have been violated, you may write a letter or telephone the HUD office nearest you. You have one year after the discrimination allegedly occurred or ended to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible. 

HUDs link to report fair housing complaint:
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/housing_discrimination

The Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division enforces the Texas Fair Housing Act (TFHA), which has been codified into Texas Property Code, Chapter 301, and investigates discriminatory housing practices. If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your race, religion, color, sex (includes sexual harassment), national origin, disability or familial status (includes presence of children under the age of 18 and pregnancy) and someone:

Refused to rent to you or sell you housing;
  • Told you housing was unavailable when in fact it was available;
  • Showed you apartments or homes only in certain neighborhoods;
  • Refused to provide you with information regarding mortgage loans, denied you a mortgage loan, or imposed different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan;
  • Denied you property insurance;
  • Conducted property appraisals in a discriminatory manner;
  • Refused to make certain modifications or accommodations for persons with a mental or physical disability;
  • Failed to design and construct housing in an accessible manner; or
  • Harassed, coerced, intimidated or interfered with your fair housing rights with you assisting others in exercising their fair housing rights.
TWCCRD may have jurisdiction to investigate your claim.

Workforce Solutions link to discrimination complaint:
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/crd/file_emp.html

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