The City's fair housing program is designed to affirmatively further fair housing objectives of Title 8 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.
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.
Fair Housing Resources:
State Department of Fair Employment and Housing:
Any person who feels that they are being discriminated against should file a complaint with the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DFEH responds to e-mails within 2 business days.
- Phone: 1-800-884-1684.
- For persons with hearing impairment, call 1-800-884-1684 or TTY 1-800-700-2320.
- Website: www.dfeh.ca.gov
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing 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:
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act provides additional protections from discrimination in housing and employment. A large number of topics are available at: www.dfeh.ca.gov/Publications_FEHADescr.htm.
The Housing Authority of Tulare County:
The Housing Authority of Tulare County is proactive in facilitation Fair Housing information and resources to our community.
For more information contact Miguel Perez, Program Coordinator at:
- Phone: (559) 627-3700 extension 116
- Email: Miguel@hatch.net
- Website: www.hatc.net/fair-housing.php
Central California Legal Services:
Central California Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.
- Address: 2025 W. Feemster Ave. Visalia, CA 93277
- Phone: 559-733-8770
The Kings-Tulare Area Agency on Aging (KTAAA):
The Kings-Tulare Area Agency on Aging assists with landlord/tenant issues related to the elderly.
- Address: 5957 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia, CA 93277
- Phone: 1-800-321-2462
- Website: www.ktaaa.org
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:
- Address:333 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 14 Fresno, CA 93704
- Phone: 559-244-2950
- Toll Free: 888-498-3247
- E-mail: http://www.fhc-cc.org/contact-us.html
The California Department of Consumer Affairs:
The California Department of Consumer Affairs maintains an on-line library of information related to landlord/tenant issues.
- Website: www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml
- Phone: 1-800-952-5210