National origin

Protected Class
This category refers to "the country where a person was born, or, more broadly, the country from which his or her ancestors came." Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Fair Housing Basics: Removing Barriers to Housing Equity

created on Wed, 2017-03-29   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-29
This 42-slide PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of fair housing basics, beginning with an analysis of unconscious bias. Customizable.Open Publication

It's okay to consider color ... as long as it's green

created on Tue, 2017-03-28   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-29
(Vietnamese) Poster showing a dollar bill on a green background: Judging you by what you look like instead of your qualifications is discrimination. What matters is your ability to pay for housing. It’s illegal to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status in the sale or rental of housing.Open Publication

Providing Fair Access to Housing for Individuals with Criminal Records

created on Thu, 2017-03-23   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-29
This 29-slide PowerPoint training presentation from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights provides an overview of the disparate effect analysis related to the use of criminal records for applicants of rental housing. It can be customized with your agency contact information and logo.Open Publication

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Disaster Toolkit (July 2007)

created on Wed, 2017-03-15   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-15
The leadership of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) strongly believes that, as fair housing professionals, we have a responsibility to ensure that persons affected by disaster are not victimized when searching for a new place to call home. As a measure of prevention and pro-action, FHEO has collaborated with a group of Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) and Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) agencies and other fair housing professionals to develop a fair housing toolkit for emergency preparedness. Toward this end, FHEO engaged the Dixon Group and Emergency...Open Publication

Justice Department Files Brief to Address the Use of Criminal Background Checks by Housing Providers

created on Wed, 2017-03-08   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-08
The Justice Department filed a statement of interest today arguing that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) requires that landlords who consider criminal records in evaluating prospective tenants do not use overly broad generalizations that disproportionately disqualify people based on a legally protected characteristic, such as race or national origin. The statement of interest was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Fortune Society Inc. v. Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corp. et al. The case was brought by an organization that helps formerly...Open Publication

Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Enforcement of Local Nuisance and Crime-Free Housing Ordinances Against Victims of Domestic Violence, Other Crime Victims, and Others Who Require Police or Emergency Services

created on Wed, 2017-03-08   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-08
HUD’s Office of General Counsel issues this guidance to explain how the Fair Housing Act applies to ensure that the growing number of local nuisance ordinances and crimefree housing ordinances do not lead to discrimination in violation of the Act. This guidance primarily focuses on the impact these ordinances may have on domestic violence victims, but the Act and the standards described herein apply equally to victims of domestic violence and other crimes and to those in need of emergency services who may be subjected to discrimination prohibited by the Act due to the operation of these...Open Publication

Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Discriminatory Effects Standard

created on Wed, 2017-03-08   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-08
Through this final rule, HUD formalizes its long-held recognition of discriminatory effects liability under the Act and, for purposes of providing consistency nationwide, formalizes a burden-shifting test for determining whether a given practice has an unjustified discriminatory effect, leading to liability under the Act. This final rule also adds to, and revises, illustrations of discriminatory housing practices found in HUD’s Fair Housing Act regulations. This final rule follows a November 16, 2011, proposed rule and takes into consideration comments received on that proposed rule...Open Publication

Subtle Forms of Discrimination Still Exist for Minority Homeseekers

created on Wed, 2017-03-08   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-08
HUD regularly sponsors a decennial study to monitor discrimination in the rental and sales markets. Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012 , the fourth study in the series, estimates current discrimination against black, Hispanic, and Asian homeseekers compared with white homeseekers and explores the incidence of sales steering, variations in discrimination, and unequal treatment of minority homeseekers in specific metropolitan areas. HUD and local fair housing organizations use the data collected from this study to inform future efforts to combat all forms of...Open Publication

Final Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons; Notice

created on Wed, 2017-03-08   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-08
EO 13166 directs federal agencies that extend assistance, subject to the requirements of Title VI, to publish Guidance to clarify recipients’ obligations to LEP persons. This final Guidance follows publication of the proposed Guidance on Dec. 19, 2003. Effective Date: Feb. 21, 2007Open Publication

Guidance for Public Housing Agencies and Owners of Federally-Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions

created on Wed, 2017-03-08   •   updated on Wed, 2017-03-29
The purpose of this Notice is to inform PHAs and owners of other federally-assisted housing that arrest records may not be the basis for denying admission, terminating assistance or evicting tenants, to remind PHAs and owners that HUD does not require their adoption of “One Strike” policies, and to remind them of their obligation to safeguard the due process rights of applicants and tenants. The Notice also reminds PHAs and owners of their obligation to ensure that any admissions and occupancy requirements they impose comply with applicable civil rights requirements contained in the Fair...Open Publication

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