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Fair Housing

The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race or color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. The Minnesota Human Rights Act (Statute 363A) mirrors the federal legislation. In addition to the federal protected classes, it prohibits discrimination based on sexual or affectional orientation, marital status, creed or status with regard to receipt of public assistance.

Fair housing covers most housing. In some circumstances, fair housing laws exempt owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

In 2015, the region’s thirteen entitlement communities worked collaboratively to commission the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.  In 2016 and 2017, interested stakeholders within the region collaborated with the thirteen entitlement communities to amend the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. This addendum and its data appendix are linked below:

Several agencies are available to help victims of fair housing violations including:

HOME Line Tenant Hotline
(612) 728-5767

HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
(800) 669-9777 or TTY: (800) 927-9275

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
(651) 222-4731

Minnesota Department of Human Rights
(651)-296-5663 or TTY: (651) 296-1283

Before you contact any of the above organizations to file a discrimination complaint, it would be beneficial to have the following information available:

Your name and address;
The name and address of the person your complaint is against;
The address of the housing involved;
A short description of the event that caused you to believe your rights were violated; and
The date(s) of the alleged violation.