Fair Housing Resources
April is Fair Housing Month
April 2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act.
What is "Fair Housing"?
Fair Housing is the right to equal opportunity in the rental, sale, and financing of housing under federal, state and local laws.
Who is protected?
The Federal Fair Housing Act was part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. In 1988, Congress added familial status and disability to the categories protected under that law. Vermont's Fair Housing Act is similar to federal law with five additional protected categories: marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and receipt of public assistance.
Fair Housing Project
The CVOEO Fair Housing Project (FHP) works to eradicate housing discrimination in Vermont through education, outreach and enforcement of fair housing laws. The FHP has conducted several studies funded by HUD on fair housing rental and sales practices in Vermont. The FHP advocates for victims of discrimination and conducts screening to help determine whether or not a case has merit and makes appropriate referrals to enforcement agencies. In addition, the FHP has created public awareness campaigns including bus advertisements, radio and televised public service announcements, and educational trainings.
CVOEO Fair Housing Handbook (pdf)
CVOEO Fair Housing Handbook for Landlords (pdf)
Vermont Human Rights Commission
Vermont Human Rights Commission enforces a number of anti-discrimination laws including the Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, and Fair Employment Practices Act (when the employer is a State agency). The Human Rights Commission can be reached at 1-800-416-2010.
The Housing Discrimination Law Project, a project of Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. is dedicated to defending the civil rights of victims of housing discrimination by pursuing justice on their behalf. They investigate complaints of housing discrimination, pursue litigation when necessary, and enforce both federal and state fair housing laws. The Housing Discrimination Law Project also provides fair housing education and information to individuals and groups statewide as well as referrals to other agencies for fair housing investigations, including the Vermont Human Rights Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For information call 1-800-889-2047.
Vermont Center for Independent Living
VCIL's mission is to empower Vermonters with disabilities, deaf Vermonters, and others to tear down the physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers that keep us from realizing our full human potential.
Fair Housing Advocate and Vermont Fair Housing Newsletter
Two semi annual publications related to fair housing in Vermont.
Every issue of Vermont Fair Housing Newsletter (from the Vermont Human Rights Commission) includes "Around the Nation", "Recent Vermont Cases", and Online Fair Housing Resources.
Spring 2013 Newsletter - In Memory of Julie Kelliher, Fair Housing Month
Fall 2012 Newsletter - Is that a Landlord Tenant Issue or Fair Housing Issue?
Summer 2012 Advocate - Housing Rights of Families with Children
Spring 2012 Newsletter - Answers to Readers' Questions
Winter 2012 Advocate - Draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Fall 2011 Newsletter - What is a dwelling?
Summer 2011 Advocate - Fair Housing, Land Use Planning, and You
Spring 2011 Newsletter - Service and Assistant Animals
Winter 2011 Advocate - HUD Grants Vermont Agencies $450,000
Fall 2010 Newsletter - Burlington's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Summer 2010 Advocate - HUD Addresses Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Spring 2010 Newsletter - Reasonable Accommodations
Winter 2010 Advocate - Service Animals and Insurance Policies
Know Your Rights! The following two documents explain the rights of the elderly and people with disabilities in mobile home parks, and the rights of people with disabilities to have assistance animals.
"Mobile Home Parks and Vermont's Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act"
"Assistance Animals in Rental Units"
Read the 2012 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in Vermont
Fair Housing Workshops for Municipalities
Visit the VCDP Workshops page
Visit this site again for future AFFH training dates