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Equal Housing Program

Equal Housing Policy:

1.0: Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of the Housing Authority to fully comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII and Section 3 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (as amended), Executive Order 11063, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and any legislation protecting the individual rights of residents, applicants or staff which may be subsequently enacted.

The Housing Authority shall not discriminate because of race, color, sex, religion, familial status (in non-elderly designated housing), disability, handicap or national origin in the leasing, rental, or other disposition of housing or related facilities, including land, included in any development or developments under its jurisdiction.

The Housing Authority shall not take any of the following actions on account of race, color, sex, religion, familial status, disability, handicap, or national origin:

  • Deny to any family the opportunity to apply for housing, nor deny to any eligible applicant the opportunity to lease housing suitable to its needs

  • Provide housing which is different than that provided others

  • Subject a person to segregation or disparate treatment

  • Restrict a person’s access to any benefit enjoyed by others in connection with any program operated by the Housing Authority

  • Treat a person differently in determining eligibility or other requirements for admission

  • Deny a person access to the same level of services

  • Deny a person the opportunity to participate in a planning or advisory group which is an integral part of the public housing or tenant-based housing programs

 

The Housing Authority shall not automatically deny admission to a particular group or category of otherwise eligible applicants (e.g., families with children born to unmarried parents or with elderly pet owners). Each applicant in a particular group or category will be treated on an individual basis in the normal processing routine.

The Housing Authority will seek to identify and eliminate situations or procedures that create a barrier to equal housing opportunity for all. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Housing Authority will make such physical or procedural changes as will reasonably accommodate people with disabilities.

Housing Authority records with respect to applications for admission shall indicate for each application the date of receipt; the determination of eligibility or non-eligibility; the preference rating, if any; and the date, location, identification, and circumstances of each vacancy offered and whether that vacancy was accepted or rejected.

 

2.0: Affirmative Marketing

As conditions may require, the Housing Authority will post notices of housing availability in particular neighborhoods or developments to encourage fuller participation. The Housing Authority may issue public announcements of availability to encourage applications for assistance. Among the marketing efforts the Housing Authority may engage in depending on the situation are the following:

  • Send informational spots to local media outlets such as radio stations, cable TV, newspapers, or other periodicals for broadcast or publication

  • Conduct special outreaches to minorities, persons with disabilities and very low-income families

  • Distribute pamphlets and brochures

  • Post notices in places of employment, unemployment offices, welfare offices, post offices, grocery stores, churches, community halls, buses and other public transportation centers

  • Outreach to organizations which assist people with disabilities, the elderly, students, immigrants, homeless people and victims of domestic violence

 

The Housing Authority will monitor the benefits received, as a result of the above activities, and will increase or decrease the outreach activities accordingly.

To reach minority groups, it may be necessary to canvas neighborhoods or make mass mailings to areas with a heavy concentration of minority citizens. If language is a problem, brochures may be printed in Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic or other languages as required.

 

3.0: Operations

In order to further the objectives of nondiscrimination the Housing Authority shall:

  • Include in the admissions briefings for all Housing Authority programs a section on compliance with Civil Rights laws. The briefing shall carefully explain to all participants what should be done if they believe they have been discriminated against.

  • As many publications as feasible shall be printed in both English and Spanish or any other language commonly spoken in the locality.

  • Prominently display a Fair Housing poster in every development office owned by the Housing Authority and in the Housing Authority’s main office.

  • Use the Equal Housing Opportunity logo and/or statement in all advertising and in all marketing publications on behalf of the Housing Authority. The Housing Authority shall be particularly conscious of human models used in its publications so as to avoid signaling any sense of discrimination.

  • The Housing Authority shall maintain a TDD machine or an acceptable alternative for the use of the hearing impaired.

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