Fair Housing Week - March 27-31st

Post Date:03/27/2017 2:33 PM


Eau Claire County has proclaimed the week of March 27-31, 2017, as “Fair Housing Week.” The purpose is to get the word out that the County’s Fair Housing Ordinance entitles everyone to an equal opportunity for housing regardless of their sex, race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, lawful source of income, age, or ancestry.

The most common forms of discrimination occur when people are renting, buying, or trying to obtain financing or insurance for a home. For example, prospective renters might be told that an apartment has already been rented, when it really hasn’t. Or, they might be told that a building is for adults only. A person trying to purchase a home might be told by a real estate agent they will have to be pre-qualified before they can see a particular house. Or, a person trying to obtain financing for a home purchase might be told they should apply at another bank first.

Federal, state and local laws all state that people cannot be denied the opportunity to live where they want to live merely because of certain characteristics, which are set forth in fair housing laws. The County maintains a supply of complaint forms and has an established procedure for addressing housing discrimination complaints in a confidential manner. For more information see the information listed below, or call the Eau Claire County Housing Authority at (715) 839-6240.

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