Fair Housing Program

The Many Faces of Housing Discrimination
“We don’t rent to your kind.”
“You’re just not the kind of person we want here.”
“Only five people can rent a three-bedroom apartment under our rules.”
“Congratulations on the new baby. But since you’re in a one-bedroom apartment, you’ll need to move into a two-bedroom unit.”
“I’m sorry, but we’ll have to charge a pet deposit for your guide dog.”
“We have a separate waiting list for people in wheelchairs.”
“Families with children can only live in buildings near the back of the complex.”

The Fair Housing Program helps any person who has been discriminated against in the rental, sale, financing, or appraisal of housing. The state and federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination because of a person’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability (mental or physical), or familial status. For Austin residents, additional protections include marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or status as a student. FHP documents and investigates complaints; provides advice about remedies under fair housing laws; and coordinates legal services to assist victims of housing discrimination. FHP provides fair housing seminars and presentations to interested groups.

Report housing discrimination. After submitting the online form, a counselor will contact you within three business days.

The Fair Housing laws protect immigrants, refugees, and people of religious faiths.

Click here for information on fair housing rights as they relate to occupancy limits.

Watch our video to learn more about the Fair Housing Program.

Watch our video to learn more about fair housing rights for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. The video is in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning.

Eligibility: Open to victims of housing discrimination.

Fees: No charge.

Procedures: Call 512-474-7007 for an initial phone interview and/or to schedule an appointment.

For those requiring interpreter services, please review our scheduling policy here .

Austin Tenants’ Council • 1640-B East 2nd Street • Austin, TX 78702 • 512.474.7006