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Family and new homeWhere we live can have far reaching impact on our quality of life.  An individual’s right to choose where he or she lives affects all aspects of life, including employment and educational opportunities, proximity to friends and family, access to transportation, commercial and governmental services, and even personal safety.  In addition to limiting these important measures of quality of life, housing discrimination also reinforces patterns of residential segregation and poverty.  

The ERC works with individuals to identify instances of discrimination, and appropriately advocates for and enforces positive change.  

Multifamily Housing Resource Program

The ERC’s Multi-Family Housing Resource Program (MHRP) is a proactive collaboration with housing developers to increase the number of residential housing units in the United States that are accessible to persons with disabilities.  The MHRP enhance housing industry compliance with federal state and local accessibility laws through the use of best practices, employee training, and collaboration with disability advocates.

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Senior ReportERC 10-State Testing Investigation Documents Discrimination against Older Same-Sex Couples

The Equal Rights Center has published the results of a 10-state testing-based investigation documenting adverse differential treatment against older same-sex couples seeking housing in senior living facilities.

Click here to download an accessible version of the report


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The ERC is proud to announce the publication of our newest self-advocacy toolkit, which adds to the ever-growing list of ERC resources available to those who face discrimination in housing. The Sexual Harassment and Fair Housing Toolkit addresses the issues that many individuals face regarding unwanted sexual harassment in a housing environment.

Click here to download an accessible version of the toolkit


NCLR report coverERC and NCLR Investigation Uncovers Housing Discrimination against Latinos in 3 Major Metropolitan Areas

The Equal Rights Center (ERC)and The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—unveiled the results of a testing-based investigation documenting adverse and differential treatment against prospective Latino renters and homebuyers in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas.

The report, titled “Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics,” documents the results of 225 matched-pair tests conducted by the ERC in the three major U.S. metropolitan areas. In 95 of the 225 tests conducted (42 percent), the Latino tester experienced at least one form or adverse, differential treatment as compared to their counterpart white tester.

Click here to download an accessible version of the report. 


ERC Releases 2013 Source Of Income Report

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In April, the ERC relased it's latest source of income discrimination report, "Will You Take My Voucher? An Update on Source of Income Discrimination in the District of Columbia." For nearly a decade, the ERC has monitored landlords and rental management agents in the nation’s capital to determine their compliance with source of income protections, and has worked to end discrimination against voucher holders.

This report update, based on source of income testing conducted by the ERC between July 2011 and January 2013, confirms that the ERC’s education and outreach efforts continue to bear fruit, but that discrimination against voucher holders persists. In the most recent testing, voucher holders were subject to discrimination 28% of the time. While much improved, continued education and advocacy is needed to address the more than 1 out of 4 voucher holders who still experience some form of discrimination.

Click here to download a PDF of the report.

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For Civil Minds- the ERC's blog

Read the ERC's blog to learn more about a variety of civil rights issues. The blog is updated frequently so remember to keep checking back for new stories and topics!

Download our Fair Housing Brochure

Learn more about your rights and what the ERC can do to help.

Read an accessible version of the Fair Housing Brochure >>

Learn more about the Fair Housing Act

Read the text of the act and learn exactly about your protections.

Referral Guide

Learn more about service providers and organizations which offer you support.

Download an accessible Word document of the report here

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