Fair Housing Resources

 

Read Coeur d'Alene's Fair Housing Proclamation here: 
FAIR HOUSING PROCLAMATION

HOUSING DISCRIMINATION UNDER THE FAIR HOUSING ACT

Housing discrimination is illegal in nearly all housing, including private housing, public housing, and housing that receives federal funding.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally-assisted housing.

Learn about the History of the Fair Housing Act, and read Examples of the many forms of housing discrimination.

Who Is Protected?

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation)
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

What Types of Housing Are Covered?

The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In very limited circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family houses sold or rented by the owner without the use of an agent, and housing operated by religious organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

What Is Prohibited?

In the Sale and Rental of Housing:

It is illegal discrimination to take any of the following actions because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, familial status, or national origin:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Otherwise make housing unavailable
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide a person different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental
  • Make, print or publish any notice, statement or advertisement with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination
  • Impose different sales prices or rental charges for the sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Use different qualification criteria or applications, or sale or rental standards or procedures, such as income standards, application requirements, application fees, credit analyses, sale or rental approval procedures or other requirements
  • Evict a tenant or a tenant’s guest
  • Harass a person
  • Fail or delay performance of maintenance or repairs
  • Limit privileges, services or facilities of a dwelling
  • Discourage the purchase or rental of a dwelling
  • Assign a person to a particular building or neighborhood or section of a building or neighborhood
  • For profit, persuade, or try to persuade, homeowners to sell their homes by suggesting that people of a particular protected characteristic are about to move into the neighborhood (blockbusting)
  • Refuse to provide or discriminate in the terms or conditions of homeowners insurance because of the race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, familial status, or national origin of the owner and/or occupants of a dwelling
  • Deny access to or membership in any multiple listing service or real estate brokers’ organization

For more information and examples, visit Examples of Housing Discrimination.

In Mortgage Lending:

It is illegal discrimination to take any of the following actions based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, familial status, or national origin:

  • Refuse to make a mortgage loan or provide other financial assistance for a dwelling
  • Refuse to provide information regarding loans
  • Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points, or fees
  • Discriminate in appraising a dwelling
  • Condition the availability of a loan on a person’s response to harassment
  • Refuse to purchase a loan

For more information about discrimination in mortgage lending, visit Fair Lending.

Harassment:

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to harass persons because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, familial status, or national origin. Among other things, this forbids sexual harassment. Learn more about sexual harassment here.

Other Prohibitions:

In addition, it is illegal discrimination to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise the right
  • Retaliate against a person who has filed a fair housing complaint or assisted in a fair housing investigation

Advertising:

For more information about advertising and the Fair Housing Act, visit Advertising and Marketing.

Additional Protections For Persons With Disabilities:

Housing providers must make reasonable accommodations and allow reasonable modifications that may be necessary to allow persons with disabilities to enjoy their housing. Get more information about reasonable accommodation here.


Certain multifamily housing must be accessible to persons with disabilities. Get more information here.



FAIR HOUSING RESOURCES:

•  Northwest Fair Housing Alliance

The mission of the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance is to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for the people of Washington State through education, counseling and advocacy. http://www.nwfairhouse.org  

Training: http://nwfairhouse.org/training

Here are 3 ways to get your Fair Housing Training 
(in April and year-round)


On-Demand Training - Coming in April!
We are excited to roll out a new training resource in Fair Housing month.
Topical fair housing courses will be offered for individual registration.
Digital certificates will be provided upon completion of a final assessment.
Trainings will now be available anytime, as refreshers, or whenever you need to on-board new team members!

In-Person Training We come to you!
We can customize a training program to meet your team's needs. 
We will follow any government coronavirus safety protocols in effect.
We offer both basic and advanced fair housing topics.
Two to three hours per training.
Spanish available!

Virtual Training
Same as in-person, but we will join you via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Your team can attend via separate logins or view together as a group. 

RATES: 
In-person and virtual live training: $375 / hr. up to 30 people. Each additional trainee over 30: $10. Federal GSA mileage rate outside of Spokane  
  • Based on current grant funding we may be able to provide fair housing training at no-charge to your organization if:
    • your organization is a non-profit community-based organization 
      • providing eviction defense, eviction mediation and resolution, rental assistance services, rapid rehousingcoordinated entry, or tenant advocacy; or  
      • serving protected classes
    • or, an educational entity providing adult ESL classes  
On-demand courses: During Fair Housing month courses will be offered at a low introductory per course per person rate. Watch for more details!

Schedule your training!
Marley Hochendoner, Executive Director
(509) 209-2667
execdir@nwfairhouse.org 



•  The Intermountain Fair Housing Council (IFHC)

The Intermountain Fair Housing Council (IFHC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure open and inclusive housing for all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, a source of income, or disability.  
 https://ifhcidaho.org/


 •  Idaho Housing and Finance

Idaho has made great progress in addressing discrimination in housing through a combination of education and enforcement tools. Idaho Housing and Finance is proud to participate with fair housing stakeholders to promote productive cooperation and collaboration. https://www.idahohousing.com/fair-housing/

•  Idaho Fair Housing Forum

Since 2003, the Idaho Fair Housing Forum has been cooperating and collaborating to provide education and outreach opportunities throughout Idaho. https://fairhousingforum.org/about-fhf/