The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or familial status. This discrimination may take the form of but is not limited to: refusal to negotiate for housing, make housing unavailable, deny a dwelling or set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling. If you feel your rights have been violated, you may call HUD at their toll-free hotline: 1-800-669-9777 (TDD, 1-800-927-9275) or write to HUD at Room 5204, 451 Seventh St. SW, Washington, DC 20410-2000. You may also get more information, file a complaint or print a complaint form online at www.hud.gov.
The State of Texas has also passed a Fair Housing Act. A housing discrimination complaint may be sent to the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division, 1117 Trinity St., Room 144-T, Austin, TX 78711 or call 1-888-452-4778 (TDD, 1-800-735-2989).
The City of Midland has prepared an Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice that was approved by the Midland City Council on October 12, 2010. The City’s Community Development Office has also established a local fair housing partnership. Fair housing education and promotion are objectives of the partnership. For more information, contact the City’s Community Development Office at 685-7472 or 685-7408.