Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act establishes federal policy for providing fair housing throughout the United Sates. The intent of Title VIII is to assure equal housing opportunities for all citizens. As a recipient of federal funds, the City of Duluth is required to further fair housing and is committed to doing so, not only because of this obligation but also because discrimination detracts from the dignity and well-being of our citizens and adversely affects the functioning our democracy in the city. Housing discrimination is not only illegal; it also contradicts the principles of freedom and opportunity we treasure as Americans. The City of Duluth is committed to ensuring that all housing is Fair Housing.
Federal Housing Act
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
- Race or color
- National origin
- Familial status
Minnesota Human Rights Act
The Minnesota Human Rights Act is similar to the Federal Fair Housing Act. It prohibits the same discriminations along with these additional items:
- Sexual or affectional orientation
- Marital status
- Status with regard to receipt of public assistance
Click here to learn more about the Federal Fair Housing Act
Click here to learn more about the Minnesota Human Rights Act
Several resources are available in Duluth to answer questions and help victims of fair housing violations:
Tennant Landlord Connection - education, information, and problem solving assistance; tenant/landlord counseling and mediation.
Phone: (218) 727-5372
Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota - a non-profit law firm assisting low income residents with their civil legal needs including housing related issues.
Phone: (218) 623-8100
Minnesota Department of Human Rights - discrimination inquiries and/or complaints
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Minneapolis Field Office
Phone: (612) 843-6412