Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Affordable Housing Online's Equal Housing Policy

The Fair Housing Act prohibits "any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination" in connection with any aspect of a residential real estate transaction. ApartmentSmart.com, Inc. (through its websites Affordable Housing Online and ApartmentSmart.com, social media pages and email correspondences) encourages and supports the equal housing practices of the Fair Housing Act in the conduct of its business and we encourage users of our sites to follow appropriate guidelines to comply with the Federal Housing Act, as well as any applicable state and local regulations. All housing shoppers are hereby informed that all property offers are available on an equal opportunity basis.

Landlord's Responsibilities

As a landlord using our services to advertise your property, you have a responsibility and a requirement under the law not to discriminate in the rental of property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. Moreover, a landlord cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in the rental, deny that housing is available, or advertise that the property is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national original. By using our various online services, you agree to follow all legal requirements of the Fair Housing Act and related Equal Housing laws.

Housing Searcher's Rights

As someone seeking to rent a rental apartment or home, you have the right to expect that housing will be available to you without discrimination or other limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. This includes the right to expect equal professional service, the opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices, no discriminatory limitations on communities or locations of housing, no discrimination in the pricing or financing of housing, reasonable accommodations in rules, practices and procedures for persons with disabilities, and to be free from harassment or intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.

If You Suspect Discrimination

Contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Office.

By Phone

1-800-669-9777

Online

http://www.hud.gov/complaints/housediscrim.cfm

By Mail

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Room 5204
451 Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20410-2000