Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
On April 11, 1968, the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 implemented the Fair Housing Act, also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, into the United States legislation. Federal law thereafter protected buyers and renters of dwellings from discrimination wrought by sellers and landlords. In the furtherance of fair housing throughout our nation, the Fair Housing Act was expanded in 1974 to prohibit discrimination based on sex and once again in 1988 to prohibit discrimination against handicapped persons, families with children, and victims of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
In honor of this landmark Act, the City of Hialeah proudly recognizes the month of April 2019 as National Fair Housing Month.
The City of Hialeah staunchly supports equal opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, national origin, familial status, or disability, and their protections in activities related to the sale, lease, or rental of housing.
We would like to remind our residents, as well as the rest of the nation, that federal and state laws are in place to protect you against housing discrimination and intimidation within the home. We encourage you to know your rights and know the signs of housing discrimination to help further the availability of housing free from discrimination and prejudice and promote sustainable homeownership opportunities.
As principal examples, the Fair Housing Act outlaws the following:
- Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.
- Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling.
- Advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling indicating preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, disability, or national origin.
- Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering with a person’s enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on discriminatory reasons or retaliating against a person or organization that aids or encourages the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights.
For more information, you can click here to download the City of Hialeah's Fair Housing Information and Help Brochure.
Learn more about your protections under the Fair Housing Act right here.
If you believe that you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you can file a complaint online at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) official website.
You can also call the HUD Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777
For the hearing impaired, please call TTY 1-800-927-9275.