Everyone from upper management to the site staff are required to follow the fair housing Laws. Fair housing begins at the moment contact is made with a potential applicant to the resident. Fair housing is to be followed and maintained in all correspondence, i.e., flyers, emails, letters, pamphlets, newspaper ads, etc. as well as in speaking on the telephone or face-to-face communication. Remember, anyone can file a fair housing complaint as complaints are not limited to just applicants or residents.

It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of the seven federally protected classes which are:

Individual states can also pose their own protected classes. Some of those states with their own state protected classes in which LPMC operates are listed below:

The site staff is to ensure that they contact upper management should they have any questions that they believe could violate ones fair housing.

Remember in correspondence with residents and potential applicants, always have the fair housing and handicap logo displayed.

RD properties are reminded that correspondence they put out has to follow the new regulations instituted on December 31, 2013. The new regulations stated, "When issuing any of the following documents to the public and advertisements in the local newspaper the wording required is as follows:

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.”

 

If the material is too small to permit the full statement to be included, the material will at a minimum, include the statement in print size no smaller than the text, that:  “This institution is an equal opportunity provider, and employer.”"

 

To learn about how fair housing came about, please read the following:

39 Steps to Fair Housing - History of how Fair Housing Came to Be

 

To learn how fair housing affects reason accommodation requests, please read the following:

Reasonable Accommodation  Under  the Fair Housing Law

 

American with Disability Act:

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws  (PDF version)