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Fair Housing

Promoting Accessible and Fair Housing

According to the federal Fair Housing Act it is illegal to consider race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or family status in rental, sales, lending or homeowner’s insurance decisions. Under the Minnesota Human Rights Law, it is also illegal to discriminate based on one’s creed, sexual or affectional orientation, marital status and receipt of public assistance.  

Complaints: Fair housing complaints are based on specific criteria in either federal or state law. If you suspect unfair housing practices or have questions about fair housing, contact:

  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
    Fair Housing Hotline
    TDD 1-800-927-9275
    Housing Discrimination Complaint Form
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights: The Minnesota Human Rights Act can be found at:
    Minnesota Department of Human Rights
    Minnesota Statute Chapter 363A.
    The Minnesota Department of Human Rights discrimination charge form, as well as phone numbers and department addresses, can be found at the web site above

  • Northeastern Minnesota Legal Services can provide assistance regarding whether or not a violation of federal or state law has occurred
    Duluth at 218-726-4800 or 1-800-622-7266, TDD 218-726-4826
    Virginia at 218-749-3270 or 1-800-886-3270
    Northeastern Minnesota Legal Services