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

Complaints can arise from the way you advertise, show units, apply occupancy standards, and enforce community rules.

10 Dos & Don’ts for Dealing with Families with Children

By: Fair Housing Coach

Rule #1

DO Make Housing Available to Families with Children

DON’T Deny Housing Because There’s a Child in the Household

Rule #2

DO Follow the Rules to Qualify for the Senior Housing Exemption

DON’T Adopt or Enforce Adults-Only Policy

Rule #3

DO Apply Same Terms and Conditions Regardless of Familial Status

DON’T Treat Prospects Differently Because They Have Children

Rule #4

DO Be Prepared to Justify Reasonableness of Occupancy Standards

DON’T Apply Unreasonably Restrictive Occupancy Standards

Rule #5

DO Be Careful About Applying Occupancy Standards When a Child Joins a Household

DON’T Penalize Residents for Having a Baby

Rule #6

DO Tell Prospects About All Units that Fit Their Needs

DON’T Engage in Unlawful Steering Based on Familial Status

Rule #7

DO Adopt Child-Neutral Community Rules

DON’T Allow Rules to Unfairly Target Children

Rule #8

DO Focus Advertising on Property, Not People

DON’T Suggest that Children Aren’t Welcome at Your Community

Rule #9

DO Abide by Legal Obligations Involving Lead-Based Paint

DON’T Deny Housing to Families with Children Due to the Presence of Lead Paint

Rule #10

DO Review Student Housing Policies Affecting Students with Children

DON’T Risk Fair Housing Trouble in Student Housing Based on Familial Status

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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.

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