What is Fair Housing?

The Fair Housing Act (the Act) declares that it is “the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States.” It does so by prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other real estate-related transactions because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability. In addition, the Fair Housing Act requires that HUD administer programs and activities relating to housing and urban development in a manner that affirmatively furthers the policies of the Act.