What is Housing Discrimination?

If you’ve ever been told you might be more “comfortable” in another neighborhood; been pressured by a landlord to pay rent with sexual favors; or told to get rid of a pet, even though they’re an assistance animal, you’ve experienced housing discrimination.

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And these are just a few examples. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), any discrimination in the “sale or rental of housing” based on “race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability” is prohibited under the federal Fair Housing Act. Yet, there are over four million incidents of housing discrimination every year, and most go unreported. Watch the video below to learn more about this form of discrimination and where you can find help.