Local resources for people facing housing discrimination issues

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — When it comes to housing discrimination, it can feel isolating and difficult to navigate. We’ve compiled a list of trusted local resources you can use to find help or help someone else facing these issues.

According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, more than 4 million acts of housing discrimination occur each year in the United States, but less than 1% are reported.

If you think you have experienced housing discrimination, file a complaint by visiting the National Fair Housing Alliance website


California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
is the state agency responsible for enforcing California’s civil rights laws. DFEH’s mission is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, businesses, and state-funded programs, as well as from bias-motivated violence and human trafficking.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The mission of the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office (FHEO) is to eliminate discrimination in housing, promote economic opportunity, and create diverse and inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, the administration, development and public understanding of federal fair housing policies. and laws.

More resources here.

San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD)
SF Mayor’s Office for Housing and Community Development (MOHCD)
supports residents with affordable housing options and essential services
services to build strong communities.
Guide to San Francisco services here.


Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC)
provides free comprehensive fair housing advice, complaint investigation, and assistance in filing housing discrimination complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the California Department of Employment and of Fair Housing (DFEH). FHANC is HUD certified to offer pre-purchase counseling and education programs, as well as foreclosure prevention counseling and workshops.

National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)
is the voice of fair housing. The NFHA works to eliminate housing discrimination and ensure equal housing opportunity for all through leadership, education, outreach, member services, public policy, community development, advocacy and enforcement.

Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) Housing
ECHO’s ultimate goal is to promote equal access to housing and provide support services that would help prevent homelessness and promote permanent housing conditions.

Sentinel Project
We develop and promote equity and equal housing opportunities for all people and advocate the peaceful resolution of disputes for the well-being and harmony of the community. The Project Sentinel Fair Housing Center provides education and advice to community members, housing providers and tenants on fair housing laws. We also investigate complaints and advocate for those who have experienced housing discrimination.

Housing Fair Napa Valley

Housing Rights Committee

Asian Americans Advance Justice – Asian Law Caucus

California Disability Rights

Housing Equality Bill


Collective for the defense against evictions

Legal assistance for the elderly

Net Housing Clinic (THC)

Legal open door

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU)


HUD Fair Housing for All

HUD Notice: Assessing a Person’s Request to Have a Pet as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act

Joint Statement by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice on Reasonable Accommodations under the Fair Housing Act

Joint statement from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice Reasonable Modifications under the Fair Housing Act

Other HUD materials

Fair housing: you are protected by California law

Equal services, housing for people with disabilities

Other DFEH Fair Housing Resources

Igualdad en la Vivienda – Usted Esta Protegido Segun las Disposiciones de la Ley en California

Fair Housing for People with Disabilities (San Francisco Independent Living Resource Center)

What does “fair housing” mean for people with disabilities (Centre de Bazelon)

Fact Sheet: Service Animal Rights in Homes (Disability Rights California)

Right to emotional support Animals in “No Pet” housing (Centre de Bazelon)

Know Your Rights: Fair Housing (Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus)


California Renters Guide (2020 Version)
California Tenants: A Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants and Homeowners
Arrendatarios De California: Una Guia Para Los Derechos Y Las Responsabilidades De Los Arrendatarios Residenciales Y Los Arrendadores

SF Rental Board

Conflict Intervention Service (SIC)
CIS uses trained mediators with diverse backgrounds in landlord-tenant law, psychology, addictions, mental health and housing disputes to resolve affordable housing disputes that may lead to eviction or roaming.

San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (DBI)
To file a complaint with DBI regarding home maintenance, plumbing or
electrical hazards or access for disabled people.

Bill Sorro Housing Program (BISHOP)


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