Long Island celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
Within a week after the tragic April 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was passed. En Espanol.
(Other videos on the Fair Housing Act and Fair Housing)
In concert with state and county laws, Long Islanders are protected against housing discrimination based on:
- Race“I don’t think it’s safe for you to live here because of your disability”
- National Origin
- Sex “Wouldn’t you be more comfortable somewhere else?”
- Familial Status
- Marital status“I don’t rent to families with children.”
- Age (over 18),
- Sexual orientation
- Military status“No Programs accepted”
- Source of Income“I don’t want foreigners living in my complex;”
In addition Suffolk County residents are protecting against housing discrimination based on:
- Alienage or citizenship“I’m terribly sorry, but….”
- Domestic Violence Victim
Discriminatory housing advertisements are illegal under the Fair Housing Act and other federal civil rights laws. Note that in HUD’s housing programs, certain types of affirmative fair housing marketing are required by federal law.
In nearly all housing, including private housing, public housing, and housing that receives federal funding, the Fair Housing Act prohibits the making, printing and publishing of advertisements that indicate a preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. The prohibition applies to publishers, such as newspapers and directories, as well as to persons and entities who place real estate advertisements in newspapers and on websites. It also applies where the advertisement itself violates the Act, even if the property being advertised may be exempt from the provisions of the Act. Other federal civil rights laws may also prohibit discriminatory advertising practices.
Examples of advertising that may violate the Act include phrases such as “no children,” which indicates discrimination on the basis of familial status, or “no wheelchairs,” which indicates disability discrimination.
Federal law requires that applicants for participation in HUD’s subsidized and unsubsidized housing programs pursue affirmative fair housing marketing policies. This is to help ensure that individuals of similar income levels in the same housing market area have a like range of housing choices available to them regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.
If you believe you have experienced housing discrimination involving advertising or marketing, you can file a complaint with HUD.
- HUD Fair Housing Act Advertising Guidelines (former 24 C.F.R. part 109 regulations)
- Memorandum on Guidance Regarding Advertisements Under § 804(c) of the Fair Housing Act
- Equal Housing Opportunity Graphics for Printing
Learn more about the many fair housing laws enforced by FHEO and how those laws can help you.
It is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing, including against individuals seeking a mortgage or housing assistance, or in other housing-related activities. The Fair Housing Act prohibits this discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. A variety of other federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit discrimination in housing and community development programs and activities, particularly those that are assisted with HUD funding. These civil rights laws include obligations such as taking reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to their programs and activities for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) and taking appropriate steps to ensure effective communication with individuals with disabilities through the provision of appropriate auxiliary aids and services. Various federal fair housing and civil rights laws require HUD and its program participants to affirmatively further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act.
HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) works to eliminate housing discrimination and promote civil rights and economic opportunity through housing. FHEO enforces fair housing laws. One of its roles is to investigate complaints of housing discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against in violation of any of these federal fair housing laws, you can file a complaint with FHEO.
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People who believe that they have experienced housing discrimination who live in Nassau or Suffolk Counties, can contact Long Island Housing Services at 631-567-5111 ext 375 or email email@example.com. You can find out more about our Fair Housing enforcement program here. Also see Fair Housing Laws protect Immigrants, Refugees, and People of all Religious Faiths.
- FAIR HOUSING Equal Opportunity for All HUD booklet (pdf)/EQUIDAD EN LA VIVIENDA Igualdad de Oportunidades para Todos/ 公平住宅向所有人提供平等的機會/ LOJMAN JIST Opòrtinite egal pou tou moun
- Are You A Victim of Housing Discrimination HUD Reporting form (pdf) / Es usted unaVíctima de la Discriminación en la VIVIENDA? / 您是住宅 歧視受害者嗎？ / Èske ou se yonViktim DISKRIMINASYON NANLOJMAN?
- Assessing Claims of Housing Discrimination against Victims of Domestic Violence under the Fair Housing Act (FHAct) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (pdf) / las Reclamaciones de Discriminación en la Vivienda en contra de las Víctimas de la Violencia Doméstica bajo la Ley de Equidad en la Vivienda [Fair Housing Act] (FHAct) y la Ley de Violencia contra las Mujeres [Violencia contra las Women Act] (VAWA) / 根據《公平住房法》（Fair Housing Act，FHAct）和《遏止侵害婦女暴力行為法》（Violence Against Women Act，VAWA）評估家庭暴力受害者遭受住房歧視的指控 /
- LIHS Fair Housing Poster 11×17 or 8.5×11 Color Rev.2016 / ¿Qué es Vivienda Justa?
- 2018 Fair Housing Rights Guide /2018 LIHS Guía de Vivienda Justa – Español
- LIHS Tri-Fold-3 Programs/Espanol Long Island Housing Services Proporciona Tri-Fold 3 Programs /公平住房 LIHS FH Chinese Trifold 2019 / Lojman Ekitab LIHS FH Creole Trifold 2019
- Long Island Housing Services’ Fair Housing Training PowerPoint Update
- More resources: https://www.lifairhousing.org/resources-links/
Additional New York State Fair Housing Protection Resources
- Age Discrimination English Español
- Discrimination Based Upon Military Status and Against Veterans with Disabilities English Español
- Protections Against Gender Identity Discrimination English
- HIV/AIDS Discrimination English Español
- Protections for People with Arrest Records Resolved in their Favor, Sealed Records, and Youthful Offender Adjudications, or People Convicted of Criminal Offenses English Español
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination English Español
- Source of Income Discrimination English Español