The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or on familial status (presence of children under the age of 18, and pregnant women).

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development website – www.hud.gov – has a multitude of fair housing information, including free housing downloads. A good education in fair housing starts at the HUD website, with information ranging from government regulations to guidance on fair housing activities.

For Realtors: The National Association of Realtors has a great “Field Guide to Fair Housing” online at http://www.realtor.org/libweb.nsf/pages/fg705. This site includes fair housing news, articles and information especially for realtors. For instance, find a list of advertising phrases that should and shouldn’t be use, or learn how to identify discrimination in the sale of real estate.

Housing Discrimination Hotline

If you feel your fair housing rights have been violated, report it to the National Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-800-669-9777 (Voice) or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY). You may also contact the below agencies and individuals:

City of Parkersburg: Ruthana Beezley, 304-424-8418, rbeezley@netassoc.net
WV HUD Office: Carole Boster, 304-347-7000, ext. 106
WV Human Rights Commission: 1-888-676-5546, wvhrc@wvdhhr.org

Analysis to the Impediments of Fair Housing Choice

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is a requirement for all entitlement cities. The United Sates Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations stipulate that the AI be updated every five years.

In July of 2007, the City of Parkersburg and the City of Vienna funded the study and findings of an AI for Wood County. The AI analyzes the following issues:

    • Demographic data including population changes, ethnic makeup and income
    • Fair Housing complaints and issues
    • Public and private activities that may impede Fair Housing choice in Wood County
    • Current public and private fair housing programs and activities.
    • Conclusions and recommendations to further fair housing choice in Wood County.

Review the entire AI here.

Celebrate Fair Housing Month!

April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month. April 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which protects people from discrimination based on race, color religion, gender, disability, familial status and national origin. Fair Housing Month serves as a great time to not only further access to housing opportunities, but also remind Americans that fair housing is NOT an option: It’s the law!