Housing Discrimination

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Under the Fair Housing Act, residents of the United States are entitled by law to safe and decent housing. The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of a person’s:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Familial status (presence of children)

In addition, Iowa State Code and Sioux City Human Rights Code prohibit housing discrimination due to a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

What is considered to be discrimination?

  • Refusal to rent or sell housing
  • Refusal to negotiate for housing
  • Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges in sale or rental housing
  • Discriminatory advertising or statements
  • Denying that housing is available when it actually is
  • Steering
  • For profit, persuading owners to sell or rent (blockbusting)

Denying access to or membership in a facility or service (such as multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing

What you can do if you feel you have been discriminated against?

There are several ways to file a complaint:

  • You can file a complaint online by visiting www.hud.gov.
  • You can call toll-free to 1 (800) 669-9777.
  • You can print out the complaint form on this website and mail it to:
  • Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Room 5204
    451 Seventh St., SW
    Washington, DC 20410-2000

For more information regarding Fair Housing you may contact:

Legal Aid
520 Nebraska St., Ste 337
Sioux City, IA 51101
(712) 277-8686

Human Rights Commission
405 6th St., Ste 410
Sioux City, IA 51101
(712) 279-6985

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