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Primarily the enforcement program is devoted to overseeing that equal opportunities for housing are accessible to all by working to eradicate discriminatory practices. Discriminatory practices are defined as making discernment or distinction based on ones race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and handicap. The enforcement program positively assures compliance with federal, state, and local housing laws. The ultimate goal of enforcement is to enhance knowledge of fair housing laws among community members, housing providers, landlords, and tenants to the point of transformation.Enforcement seeks to create cognizance that will permit individuals who are being subjected to discrimination to explore and acquire safe and habitable housing without fear of retaliation.
Enforcement also aspires to the following: Assist landlords and others identified as housing providers to understand the laws.-Explain to landlords and housing providers the impact their relationship with current and prospective tenants may have with enforcement of the laws that govern fair housing. It is the contention of the enforcement program based on the Civil Right’s Act of 1968 that fair housing is not just simply an option, it is the law!
President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1968.The Civil Rights Act of 1968, (commonly known as the Fair Housing Act) one of the most momentous landmark piece of legislature that outlawed the unequal enjoyment or discrimination of housing. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 act further prohibits discrimination based on sale, rental, and financing of housing based on ones race, color, religion, national origin, gender, familial status, and disability. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 makes it unlawful to harass, or otherwise “retaliate” against people due to them filing and claiming discrimination.In the event an individual feel that he or she may be the victim of discrimination; there are several ways to file a complaint
Frequently Asked Questions
What is enforcement?
Answer: Enforcement is devoted to overseeing that equal opportunities for housing are accessible to all by working to eliminate discriminatory practices.
Does enforcement involve adhering only to the state laws?
Answer: No. The enforcement program positively assures compliance with federal, state, and local housing laws.
When a case is filed with HUD (Housing Urban Development), where is the information sent?
Answer: Upon filing a case with HUD, the case is always sent to your designated regional office for processing.
How long does it take to get a response from HUD after filing my complaint?
Answer: During the initial process of your complaint, HUD will notify you within 100 days of what to expect next.
How do I get started?
Answer: By beginning the intake process, call us at 251-479-1532 so that we can get some basic information about your case. This will start the initial process of the fact findings of your allegations. If the fact finding process does indeed discover unlawful housing practices, an enforcement agent will file a complaint with your consent on your behalf. The following steps are also incorporated in the complaint filing process after intake, and analysis of the conflict:(a) Testing (b) Analysis of testing results (c) Referral to an attorney(s) for legal advisement (such as HUD, DOJ, or a private attorney) (d) Counseling during the complaint process(e) Serve as a liaison for client during settlement negotiation. Intake Process- The Center for Fair Housing Intake Process consists of the following steps 1) Complete and submit the CFH Intake Form.2) The form will be assessed and transferred to appropriate staff to handle the conflict. 3) Upon assessing the form the appropriate staff member will be contacting the claimant(s) within five business days.4) The form will then be evaluated to establish and identify if the seven protected classes have been violated. 5) If it has been established via evaluation, research, and additional fact findings that the seven protected classes have been violated. CFH on behalf of the complainant(s) will start the process of launching an investigation.