Fair Housing Resources

Federal Laws and Regulations

The Federal laws that regulate the fair housing mandates include more than Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended. It is also enforced by the follow laws and regulations.

Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title II prohibits discrimination in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990

Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services, and activities provided or made available by public entities. HUD enforces Title II when it relates to state and local public housing, housing assistance and housing referrals.

Age Discrimination Act of 1975

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

If You Think YOUR Rights have been violated…

Launch an online complaint with HUD using the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form (Form 903). Learn the basic facts about the Housing Act and your rights under the Act. Read about the steps of the Fair Housing complaint process.

Remember housing discrimination is not only illegal, but it contradicts the integrity and principles of freedom and opportunity that we treasure as Americans.

Fair Housing Resources and Links

Fair Housing Presentations and Information

Presentation on Fair Housing by Glendora C. Hughes, Esq., General Counsel of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. 

Glendora C. Hughes is the General Counsel for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights  and is responsible for the overall supervision and administration of the Legal Department for  the Commission. 

Presentation on Implicit Bias by Dr. Kris Marsh of the University of Maryland

Dr. Marsh received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 2005. She was a  Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina  before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland, where she has been tenured since  2014. Dr. Marsh’s general areas of expertise are the Black middle class, demography, racial  residential segregation, and education.

Implicit Bias Resources

Fair Housing Resources and Information
  • How to Submit a Fair Housing Complaint

    Residents of Bowie and Prince George's County who believe they have been discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodations, or state contracts because of race, color, religion or creed, sex, age, ancestry or national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (employment only), and/or familial status (housing only), may file a complaint of discrimination with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR). Click here to be redirected to the MCCR page to file a complaint.
  • People who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (Relay). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to hud.gov/fair housing.

How to Avoid a Fair Housing Violation