When people with developmental disabilities apply for or live in housing, they are sometimes treated in ways that make it difficult to access or use housing. This unfair treatment is called discrimination. There are federal and state laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities to “fair housing.” Here are some resources that can help you learn about fair housing rights for people with disabilities.
Virginia Fair Housing Office –provides information about Virginia’s Fair Housing law, investigates housing discrimination complaints and pursues dispute resolution outside the courts when possible.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia – provides counseling on fair housing rights, investigates discrimination complaints and assists individuals with determining the best course of action to protect their rights.
HUD’s Title VIII Fair Housing Complaint Process – file a fair housing complaint through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.