CA Dept of Fair Housing and Employment
Click on the link above to visit the State Dept. of Fair Housing, whose mission is to protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence.
Housing Rights Center
HRC is a private,non-profit organization that is contracted with the County of Ventura, and by various cities across the County to provide Fair Housing services. Their mission is to actively support and promote fair housing through education, advocacy, and litigation to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford, without regard to personal characteristics protected by law. Services include free landlord/tenant counseling, housing discrimination investigation, education on fair housing laws, as well as predatory lending information and referrals. For assistance with housing discrimination concerns in the County of Ventura, click on the link above, or call 1-800-477-5977.
Fair Housing Activities for FY 2010-11
Click on the link above to view a fair housing activity report for the Cities of Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and the Unincorporated Areas of Ventura County.
What is "Fair Housing" ?
Fair housing is a right protected by Federal and State laws. Each resident is entitled to equal access to housing opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, source of income, or any other arbitrary reason.
Signs of discrimination include:
- The rent or deposit quoted is higher than advertised
- The manager says the unit is rented but the ad or sign is still posted
- The manager says “You probably won’t like it here”, “We’ve rented out the family units”, or “There is no place for your children to play”
- A real estate agent keeps “steering” you to look for houses in neighborhoods different than the ones you desire and you think you can afford
- The manager denies your request to make minor modifications to your unit to accommodate your disability
HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
The mission of the Office of FHEO is to create equal housing opportunities for all persons living in America by administering laws that prohibit discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status. Click on the link above for more information.
View our recently updated county-wide report!
2015 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)
Click on the link above to view the recently updated AI. This report presents a demographic profile of the entire County of Ventura, assesses the extent of fair housing issues among specific groups, and evaluates the availability of a range of housing choices for all residents. The conditions in the private market and public sector that may limit the range of housing choices or impede a person’s access to housing are also evaluated.
2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)
Click on the link above to view the 2010 Report which addresses area housing and factors which inhibit choices for housing.