The City of Sunnyvale is affirmatively furthering fair housing and complying with state and federal fair housing laws. These laws prohibit discrimination against a persons race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or children.
April is Fair Housing Month
To celebrate National Fair Housing Month, staff has organized several events to increase awareness of Fair Housing issues and local resources for help with fair housing concerns. If you are a tenant, landlord or property manager, and you are not sure that you know the answers to any of these questions, join us to one, or both, of the presentations by the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.
Landlords or Property Managers
- Do you know where you can go for free help if you think someone has discriminated against you?
- Do you know how much time do you have to file a complaint for housing discrimination?
- Have you been denied housing because you have children?
- Is your landlord refusing to allow you to have a service or companion animal?
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Columbia Middle School Staff Room
739 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale
Download the flier
- Can you refuse to rent to a family because they have children?
- Does your no-pet policy apply to service or companion animals?
- Are you familiar with disability-related accommodation requests and your obligations after receiving them?
- Do you know the difference between reasonable accommodation and reasonable modification?
Saturday, May 6, 2017
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunnyvale Library Program Room
665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale
Download the flier
FAIR HOUSING ACT
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Housing and Urban Development Act into law, establishing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a 'new and needed instrument' to confront the nation's housing and urban challenges, and leading to the adoption of the Fair Housing Act.
The first video "Celebrating 50 Years of Creating Opportunity" highlights the history and impact of signing the Housing and Urban Development Act into law. The second video features President Lyndon B. Johnson's remarks at the signing of the bill establishing the Department of Urban Development on September 9, 1965.
HUD'S FAIR HOUSING APP
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first housing discrimination mobile application (app) uses the latest technology to provide the public with a quick and easy way to learn about their housing rights and to file housing discrimination complaints, and inform the housing industry about its responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. The app may be downloaded for free from the iTunes store.
"FAIR HOUSING 101" VIDEO SERIES
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), under a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), produced "Fair Housing 101" to educate Californians about their right to be free from discrimination in housing under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Government Code section 12900 et seq. Among other protections, this video shows that disabled tenants and applications are entitled to accessible facilities. The DFEH is California's state civil rights agency, which enforces the FEHA, Unruh Civil Rights Act, Ralph Civil Rights Act and Disabled Persons Act. For further information, log onto www.dfeh.ca.gov
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Housing Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals and Families
The State of California is committed to protecting Californian's from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence. For more information visit the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
TO FILE A FAIR HOUSING COMPLAINT
Housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability is prohibited by federal and state law. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint with these federal and state agencies.
FAIR HOUSING COMPLIANCE - RESOURCES FOR HOUSING PROVIDERS
The Information Resource Center (IRC) is an online "One Stop Shop" for help and resources related to fair housing provided by HUD. Browse below for a guides, training, marketing materials, and much more. Learn about reasonable accommodations and modifications required of landlords, predatory lending practices to avoid and other important information for housing providers to avoid illegal discrimination.
ASSISTANCE WITH HOUSING DISCRIMINATION