The mission of the Housing Access Project is to ensure equal access to housing opportunities for all people, regardless of race, religion, gender or other characteristics protected by law.

Housing Access Project

The mission of the Housing Access Project (a DBA of Potter Handy, LLP) is to ensure equal access to housing opportunities for all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, marital status, disability, ancestry, age, source of income or other characteristics protected by law. The Housing Access Project fulfills its mission by combatting discriminatory housing practices and by assisting individuals in enforcing their housing rights under state and federal fair housing laws.

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Discriminatory housing practices include:

  • Refusing to rent to someone because of their race or religion.
  • Adopting overly restrictive rules. For example, a rule prohibiting children from being outside in common areas.
  • Using advertisements that suggest a rental preference. For example: “ideal for single working professionals.”
  • Harassing a tenant on the basis of his or her sex or gender identity.
  • Refusing to change a policy to accommodate a tenant with a disability. For example, not waiving a “no pets” rule to allow service animals.
  • Refusing to allow a tenant with disabilities to modify his/her unit or common areas for ease of use. For example, installation of a ramp.
  • Threatening, coercing, intimidating or interfering with a tenant for asserting his or her fair housing rights.

The Housing Access Project provides free legal services to individuals throughout California who have been subjected to housing discrimination. The Housing Access Project also works in conjunction with, and represents, fair housing councils and other organizations whose missions have been frustrated, and/or resources diverted by unlawful housing practices.

If you believe that you have been the victim of housing discrimination, please contact the Housing Access Project for help.

Know Your Housing Rights

The attorneys at the Housing Access Project have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers to some of the most common Housing Rights topics.

Resources

The resources below are provided by the attorneys at the Housing Access Project to help guide in non-litigation issues pertaining to housing rights

HUD/DOJ Joint Statement on Reasonable Accommodations:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/theo/library/huddojstatement.pdf

HUD/DOJ Joint Statement on Reasonable Modifications:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/theo/disabilities/reasonable_modifications_mar08.pdf

HUD Accessibility Guidelines
http://www.hud.gov/offices/ffieo/disabilities/fhguidelines/thetha1.cfm

Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs, FHEO Notice: FHEO-2013-01 (April 25, 2013)
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=servanimals_ntcfheo2013-01.pdf

Link to HUD Complaint Form:
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src./topics/housing_discrimination

Link to DFEH Complaint Process:
http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Complaints_ComplaintProcess.htm

Link to the Department of Consumer Affairs’ publication: “California Tenants — a guide to residential tenants’ and landlords’ rights and responsibilities.”
http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml

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