Fair Housing

It’s the Law


Discrimination, based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status or national origin, in connection with the sale or rental of most housing and any vacant land offered for residential construction or use, is illegal under Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
 
The City of Plano, through Ordinance No. 92-3-13, also prohibits housing discrimination. Furthermore, it is illegal to threaten, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right. The City of Plano’s 2015-2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing reviews impediments to fair housing choice in the public and private sectors within the city. For further information regarding your rights with regard to housing discrimination, you may go to the HUD's website on Fair Housing.

North Texas Regional Assessment of Fair Housing

On January 9, 2017, the City Council approved a Resolution No. 2017-1-3(R) allowing the City of Plano to collaborate with seven north Texas cities and 15 north Texas housing authorities on a Regional Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The collaboration enables participants to address fair housing issues that cross jurisdictional lines. The focus is on a local approach that will work best for communities within our region.  A website containing more information on the regional process can be viewed here

On behalf of the City of Plano and the Plano Housing Authority, consultants from the University of Texas at Arlington have conducted public meetings and focus groups to gain feedback from residents on fair housing issues.  They have also conducted an analysis of local data related to housing, demographics, and transportation.  Using the information gathered throughout this process, several fair housing issues and contributing factors have been identified.  Goals and strategies are detailed in the draft AFH document.

The draft version of the AFH is available for public comment from December 10 - January 14.  Please refer to the public notice for information on how to submit a comment.
  

How to File a Housing Complaint

If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can:

  • call (800) 669-9777 and for the hearing impaired, please call TTY (800) 927-9275, or

Helpful Resources

How to Recognize if you are a Victim of Housing Discrimination

Plano Housing Authority

North Texas Fair Housing Center

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