Fair Housing is a right protected by federal and state laws. Fair housing means you may freely choose a place to live regardless of your race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or because you are disabled or have children in your family or if you are elderly (55+), source of funds, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Housing discrimination is illegal. Fair housing is not about giving special rights to protected classes, It’s about making sure everyone has equal rights and equal access to housing.If you think your rights have been violated, please take the following steps:
- Contact Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority at (757) 523-0401; or (757) 233-6411 or (757) 233-6403 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-927-9275 TDD for the hearing impaired).
- Keep a record of any meetings and phone calls with the landlord, property manager real estate agent, loan officer or insurance agent. Include the person’s name, title (if you know it), the meeting place, date and time.
- Write down what happened and what was said and save all receipts, applications, business cards or other documents received during your meeting(s).
- Don’t let anyone turn you away from your right to housing.
- You may download, complete, and mail a housing discrimination form by clicking here. You may also complete an on-line form at HUD by clicking here.
- The latest Fair Housing News newsletter published by HUD is available by clicking here.
- Fair Housing Brochure
- Hampton Roads Fair Housing
- Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc
- HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Press Releases
- Landlord-Tenant Act Handbook
- VA Rental Laws
- Virginia Fair Housing Office