Fair Housing-It’s not an Option, It’s the Law

Fair Housing

ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

We investigate housing complaints based on the seven protected classes: Race, Color, Sex, Religion, National Origin, Disability, and Familial Status. If you believe your rights may have been violated, we encourage you to submit a complaint.

Because there are time limits on when a complaint can be filed with your local agency or HUD after an alleged violation, you should submit a complaint as soon as possible.

When submitting a complaint, please provide as much information as possible, including:

  • Your name and address;
  • The name and address of the person(s) or organization your complaint is against;
  • The address or other identification of the housing or program involved;
  • A short description of the event(s) that cause you to believe your rights were violated; and
  • The date(s) of the alleged violation.

Investigamos quejas de vivienda en base a las siete clases protegidas: raza, color, sexo, religión, origen nacional, discapacidad y estado familiar. Si cree que se pueden haber violado sus derechos, le recomendamos que presente una queja.

Debido a que existen límites de tiempo sobre cuándo se puede presentar una queja ante su agencia local o HUD después de una supuesta violación, debe presentar una queja lo antes posible.

Al enviar una queja, proporcione la mayor cantidad de información posible, que incluye:

  • Su nombre y dirección;
  • El nombre y la dirección de la(s) persona(s) u organización contra la que se presenta su queja;
  • La dirección u otra identificación de la vivienda o programa involucrado;
  • Una breve descripción de los eventos que le hacen creer que se violaron sus derechos; y
  • La(s) fecha(s) de la supuesta violación.

Please contact Elkhart Human Relations Commission at:

201 South Second Street
Elkhart, Indiana 46516
(574) 294-5471
HumanRelationsmail@coei.org

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD)

The Fair Housing Act

Examples of Housing Discrimination

How to File a Complaint with HUD:

  • Online

You can file a complaint with FHEO online in English or Spanish.

  • Email

You can download this form (also available in Arabic, CambodianChineseKoreanRussianSomaliSpanish, and Vietnamese) and email it to your local FHEO office at the email address on this list.

  • Phone

You can speak with an FHEO intake specialist by calling 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-877-8339.

You can also call your regional FHEO office at the phone numbers on this list.

  • Mail

You can print out this form (also available in ArabicCambodian, ChineseKoreanRussianSomaliSpanish, and Vietnamese) and mail it to your regional FHEO office at the address on this list.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968: What It Does and Why It's Important - Zillow Research
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Did you know that 85% of people in Elkhart are not aware that they have the right to file a fair housing complaint if they feel they’ve faced housing discrimination?
City of Elkhart Fair Housing Specialist Dana Donald (pictured second from right) has set out to decrease that number by increasing awareness through education and outreach.
“It takes a village to raise a child” and one way the Elkhart Human Relations Commission is helping to fulfill this African proverb is by introducing children to the Fair Housing Act. Using a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the City of Elkhart’s Human Relations Commission purchased and donated thirty of “The Fair Housing Five and the Haunted House” books to Elkhart Community Schools. Each elementary school library will receive one English version and one Spanish version of the books. Students will have the opportunity to read the books in school or check the books out and share the information with their families.
“As we continue this youth initiative, we’d like to donate a set of books to the three Elkhart Public Library branches in Elkhart and local youth centers,” Ms. Donald said. “And we are so excited.”
Keep up the great work, Dana!
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Principal Eric Chandler and Dana Irving of Pride Academy at Bristol Elementary welcomed Elkhart’s Fair Housing Investigator Dana Donald. Ms. Donald (pictured second from left) read “The Fair Housing Five” to some of the students on Friday, March 23, 2022. “The Fair Housing Five” is an illustrated children’s book about kids who take action in their neighborhood in response to a landlord who is discriminating. Our hope is that the information from the book will initiate conversations between the children and their families as well as empower youth to advocate for justice and create positive change in their communities.

Fair Housing Resources

Did you know that there are seven Protected Classes? Race, Color, Sex, Religion, National Origin, Disability, and Familial Status.

The following resources were created to inform the community of their Fair Housing Rights. Contact the Elkhart Human Relations Commission at 574-294-5471 with any questions.

APRIL IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH!
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Did you know that 85% of people in Elkhart are not aware that they have the right to file a fair housing complaint if they feel they’ve faced housing discrimination?

City of Elkhart Fair Housing Specialist Dana Donald (pictured second from right) has set out to decrease that number by increasing awareness through education and outreach.
“It takes a village to raise a child” and one way the Elkhart Human Relations Commission is helping to fulfill this African proverb is by introducing children to the Fair Housing Act. Using a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the City of Elkhart’s Human Relations Commission purchased and donated thirty of “The Fair Housing Five and the Haunted House” books to Elkhart Community Schools. Each elementary school library will receive one English version and one Spanish version of the books. Students will have the opportunity to read the books in school or check the books out and share the information with their families.
“As we continue this youth initiative, we’d like to donate a set of books to the three Elkhart Public Library branches in Elkhart and local youth centers,” Ms. Donald said. “And we are so excited.”

Keep up the great work, Dana!

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Principal Eric Chandler and Dana Irving of Pride Academy at Bristol Elementary welcomed Elkhart’s Fair Housing Investigator Dana Donald. Ms. Donald (pictured second from left) read “The Fair Housing Five” to some of the students on Friday, March 23, 2022.  “The Fair Housing Five” is an illustrated children’s book about kids who take action in their neighborhood in response to a landlord who is discriminating.  Our hope is that the information from the book will initiate conversations between the children and their families as well as empower youth to advocate for justice and create positive change in their communities.

Fair Housing Events Calendar.

June 2022

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Fair Housing Celebrates All
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
HUD Announces Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity are Protected by the Federal Fair Housing Act   , ...
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Friday’s Fair Housing Workshop
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday’s Fair Housing Workshop will be an overview of the Fair Housing Act As Amended. , ...
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Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
8:30 am - 12:00 am
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
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Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
All Day
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
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Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
All Day
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
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Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
12:00 am - 10:30 am
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
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Fair Housing for LGBTQ+ Community
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
YOU’RE INVITED TO AN IN-PERSON VIEWING OF A VIRTUAL FAIR HOUSING EVENT LOCATION: CITY ANNEX CONFERENCE ROOM TIME: 12 PM-1:15 PM COST: FREE PRESENTED BY: (VIRTUALLY)  The Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan , ...
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Fair Housing Celebrates Juneteenth
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fair Housing Celebrates Fathers
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fair Housing and Elkhart Goodwill on the GO !
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -EXECUTIVE SESSION (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
AGENDA                      Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D Adjournment Pursuant to Indiana Code IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(1),(7) , ...
ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -REGULAR MEETING
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
AGENDA: LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Agenda Motion to approve agenda Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business Fair Housing Cases ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D New Business None Chairperson’s Remarks Privilege of the Floor Adjournment , ...
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ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
AGENDA                        LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D Adjournment Pursuant to Indiana Code IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(1),(7) , ...
ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -SPECIAL REGULAR MEETING
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
AGENDA: LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Agenda Motion to approve agenda Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business Fair Housing Cases ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D New Business None Chairperson’s Remarks Privilege of the Floor Adjournment , ...
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Fair Housing Events Calendar.

June 2022

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1
Fair Housing Celebrates All
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
HUD Announces Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity are Protected by the Federal Fair Housing Act   , ...
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Friday’s Fair Housing Workshop
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday’s Fair Housing Workshop will be an overview of the Fair Housing Act As Amended. , ...
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Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
8:30 am - 12:00 am
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
8
Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
All Day
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
9
Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
All Day
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
10
Fair Housing Activities at Camp Connection
12:00 am - 10:30 am
THE ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS PARTNERING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT SUMMER DAY CAMP.   , ...
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12
13
14
Fair Housing for LGBTQ+ Community
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
YOU’RE INVITED TO AN IN-PERSON VIEWING OF A VIRTUAL FAIR HOUSING EVENT LOCATION: CITY ANNEX CONFERENCE ROOM TIME: 12 PM-1:15 PM COST: FREE PRESENTED BY: (VIRTUALLY)  The Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan , ...
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Fair Housing Celebrates Juneteenth
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
, ...
Fair Housing Celebrates Fathers
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
, ...
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Fair Housing and Elkhart Goodwill on the GO !
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
, ...
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ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -EXECUTIVE SESSION (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
AGENDA                      Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D Adjournment Pursuant to Indiana Code IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(1),(7) , ...
ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -REGULAR MEETING
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
AGENDA: LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Agenda Motion to approve agenda Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business Fair Housing Cases ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D New Business None Chairperson’s Remarks Privilege of the Floor Adjournment , ...
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ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
AGENDA                        LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D Adjournment Pursuant to Indiana Code IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(1),(7) , ...
ELKHART HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION -SPECIAL REGULAR MEETING
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
AGENDA: LOCATION:  201 South Second St., City Annex Conference Room Call to Order Approval of Agenda Motion to approve agenda Approval of Minutes May 26, 2022 Minutes Old Business Fair Housing Cases ELK2114-H-D ELK2117 H-D New Business None Chairperson’s Remarks Privilege of the Floor Adjournment , ...
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