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).

Training

Fair Housing Accessibility Training

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs ("TDHCA"), in conjunction with the Austin Tenants Council, Inc., the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio, and the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission, will sponsor a free Fair Housing Accessibility Training on Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the UT Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712. The training is designed to help promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. Trainers are affiliated with HUD's Fair Housing FIRST initiative (www.fairhousingfirst.org). To register, for the May 29, 2014 email John Ritzu at jritzu@lcmarchitects.com or call at (312) 913-1717, extension 228. Please note you must register separately for the May 29th and May 30th trainings.

New Construction Standards/2010 ADA Standards Training

TDHCA will sponsor a free training on new construction/2010 Americans with Disabilities ("ADA") Act standards on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the UT Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712. These standards apply to new construction and reconstruction HOME and Neighborhood Stabilization Program ("NSP") Multifamily Housing Developments that began construction after March 12, 2012; rehabilitation HOME and NSP Multifamily Housing Developments that submitted a full application for funding after January 1, 2014; and all Housing Tax Credit and Tax Exempt Bond developments that submitted a full application for funding after January 1, 2014.

The training will cover the differences between the construction requirements of Section 504 of the rehab act of 1973 and the 2010 ADA standards. Special focus will be on kitchens, bathrooms, swimming pools and playgrounds.

Training will be provided by J. Aaron McCullough, an attorney and consultant who specializes in compliance with the ADA. He is an experienced lecturer on civil rights compliance, with a near 10 year record of "never boring a participant to sleep," and he has hopes to keep his streak alive. Formerly, Mr. McCullough was a legal specialist for the Disability Law Resource Project, now known as the Southwest ADA Center. His recent research interests include: Title II ADA compliance for state and local governmental entities, fair housing accessibility, compliance strategies in lodging and recreational settings, and accessibility compliance requirements in state and local law. He has recently relocated to Seattle, Washington, but still maintains an office in Texas – where he says part of his heart will always be.

Participants may send in questions for Mr. McCullough to answer during the training. Those questions may be sent to Kimbal Thompson at TDHCA at kimbal.thompson@tdhca.state.tx.us. Please write "ADA training question" in the subject line of the email to ensure your question will not be overlooked.

Online Registration Submission

NOTE: The Department does not accept mailed, faxed, or emailed registration requests. If you cannot use the Eventbrite Web site due to a disability, please use the contact information below, and we will assist you with your registration. Please note you must register separately for the May 29th and May 30th trainings.

Event Registration Online for New Construction Standards/2010 ADA Standards Training powered by Eventbrite

Contact: Kathie Watkins at (512) 305-8869 or kathie.watkins@tdhca.state.tx.us.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids, services or sign language interpreters for training sessions should contact Gina Esteves, ADA Responsible Employee, at 512-475-3943 or Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989, at least two days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Non-English speaking individuals who require interpreters for training sessions should contact Jorge Reyes, 512-475-4577 at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Personas que hablan español y requieren un intérprete, favor de llamar a Jorge Reyes al siguiente número (512) 475-4577 por lo menos tres días antes de la junta para hacer los preparativos apropiados.

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).