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Legal Aid Society

Equal access to housing is everyone's right and if you believe you have been denied access to housing, the Federal government provides resources to help.  The City of San Marcos has contracted with the Legal Aid Society to provide fair housing services for San Marcos residents at no cost. They help tenants and home buyers identify if they have been discriminated against. They also counsel property owners and managers on fair housing-related issues. If you think you are a victim of housing-related discrimination or would like more information about fair housing, please call the Legal Aid Society at (844) 449-3500. 

Fair Housing Brochure

Rights and Responsibilities

Federal and State Housing Laws prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual preference, source of income, families with children or any arbitrary class status. Property owners, landlords and their agents can all be held legally responsible for discriminatory actions. Tenants or prospective home buyers have the right to be treated equally and fairly.

If a housing provider refuses to rent or sell a home, offers unequal terms, quotes different prices, or applies different policies based on any of the protected classes listed above, they are violating federal and state law.

A landlord may take into consideration income, credit rating or any other pertinent information that directly relates to a prospective tenant’s ability and willingness to pay rent. However, prospective tenants have the right to request and receive a reason when they are denied housing and may file a private civil lawsuit anytime within two years of an alleged discrimination incident.

Complaints may be filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing at (800) 884-1684 or by calling the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Discrimination Hotline at (800) 669.9777.

Fair Housing Resources

Contact
Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) (800) 233-3212 
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office of HUD  (800) 669-9777 
Tenants Legal Center of San Diego (858) 571-7100 
Legal Aid Society of San Diego and North County  (Low Income Only) (760) 722-1935

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY: The City of San Marcos is committed to providing equal housing opportunity for all people regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual preference, source of income, families with children or any arbitrary class status.

Charting the Course: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Online Registration Closes Friday, March 23, 2018
Select the link below to register.

https://www.housingsandiego.org/events-2/sdraffh-fair-housing-conference

The San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing (SDRAFFH), the San Diego Housing Federation, The San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council, and LISC San Diego are proud to host the 3rd Annual Fair Housing Conference. In celebration of SDRAFFH’s 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month in April, join fair housing practitioners, policy makers, housing advocates and developers, community leaders, and top experts in discussing and exploring fair housing discrimination issues and solutions to improving our communities by reflecting on our past, examining our present, and looking to our future.

Richard Rothstein, research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley), and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, will deliver the keynote address and
challenge participants to look at fair housing and the cross-over issues as opportunities to innovate and improve our communities from within.

Join fair housing practitioners, policy makers, housing advocates and developers, community leaders, and top experts in discussing and exploring fair housing discrimination issues and solutions to improving our communities. Register today!