Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Fair Housing in Texas

Fair Housing Month - April

Expanding Opportunities. Expanding Choice.

  • Do you know your rights under the Fair Housing Act (HUD.gov)?
  • Do you believe someone has discriminated against you under the Fair Housing Act?
  • If a consumer, do you know how to file a Fair Housing complaint?
  • If a housing professional, do you know how to ensure compliance with the Fair Housing Act?

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination.

You cannot be denied access to a home solely on the basis of color, race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or your familial status (children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18).

Fair Housing Basics

The general public, including buyers/renters; elected officials; housing developers; mortgage brokers; and leasing/loaning agents, will benefit from a greater understanding of the Federal and Texas Fair Housing Acts, and their impact on daily activities. We have gathered several fair housing resources on this page to help answer many of your fair housing questions. More »

Buyers and Renters

Buyers and renters should know their rights under the Fair Housing Act, know how to identify practices that may be discriminatory, and know where to turn for guidance or help with suspected fair housing violations. Having an understanding of the Fair Housing Act can help give Texans the freedom they need to make choices about where they want to live. More »

Contract Administrators

TDHCA strives to promote sound housing policies; promote leveraging of state and local resources; prevent discrimination; and ensure the stability and continuity of services through a fair, nondiscriminatory and open process. More »

Developers, Architects, and Engineers

Developers, Architects, and Engineers of multifamily properties must understand their obligations, not only related to choice and leasing practices, but also construction design requirements that are necessary to comply with the Fair Housing Act. More »

Lenders and Real Estate Professionals

Lenders, real estate brokers and agents, and management companies and leasing agents, must be mindful of how Fair Housing laws impact their marketing, lending, and leasing decisions.

Violations

Suspected Fair Housing Act violations can be reported to the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission (www.twc.state.tx.us) or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.gov).