City of Tulare Homeless Resources
Family Services of Tulare County
Fair Housing Act
Title 8 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, together with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, is called the federal Fair Housing Act.
Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, the number and presence of children, age, or physical handicap. Examples of discrimination are: falsely denying that housing is available, discriminatory advertising, refusal to rent or sell, and discrimination in the terms of a lease or rental agreement.
No person has the right to prevent another from renting or buying because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Anybody who does is discrimination, which is against the law. This applies to the sale or rental, the advertising for sale or rental, and the financing of housing or residential lots. In addition, no real estate broker can refuse to assist you for the above reasons.
Any person who feels that they are being discriminated against should file a complaint with the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) at www.dfeh.ca.gov or by calling 1-800-884-1684, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org DFEH responds to e-mails within 2 business days.
For persons with hearing impairment, call 1-800-884-1684 or TTY 1-800-700-2320.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has two regional offices:
Fresno: 1277 E. Alluvial Ave., Ste. 215, Fresno, CA 93720
Bakersfield: 4800 Stockdale Highway, Ste. 215, Bakersfield, CA 93309
California Fair Employment and Housing Act
In addition to the federal Fair Housing Act, California has its own Fair Employment and Housing Act which provides additional protections from discrimination in housing and employment. A large number of topics are available at: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Publications_FEHADescr.htm
The California Department of Consumer Affairs
The California Department of Consumer Affairs maintains an on-line library of information related to landlord/tenant issues at: www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml
The Department can be reached by telephone at: 1-800-952-5210
Fair Housing Council of Central California
Residents of the Central Valley who believe they have been subjected to illegal discrimination in the housing market may contact the Fair Housing Council at:
333 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 14
Fresno, CA 93704
Toll Free: 888-498-3247
Central California Legal Services:
Central California Legal Services maintains an office in downtown Visalia at 208 W. Main St., Ste. U1, Visalia, CA 93291. Their phone number is: 559-570-1200 or 800-675-8001 and their website is:
The Kings-Tulare Area Agency on Aging (KTAAA)
The Kings-Tulare Area Agency on Aging, www.ktaaa.org assists with landlord/tenant issues related to the elderly. Their telephone number is 1-800-321-2462.
The Housing Authority of Tulare County
The Housing Authority of Tulare County has two downloadable Fair Housing brochures available in English and Spanish on their website at http://www.hatc.net/fair-housing.php
“Fair Housing, Equal Opportunity for All”
"Are You a Victim of Housing Discrimination?”