Fair Housing: It's Your Right!
Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968 to end housing discrimination on the basis of a person’s protected class. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 made it illegal for housing providers to discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or religion. In 1988, Congress amended the Fair Housing Act and included two additional protected classes; disability and familial status. In 2012, HUD issued a final rule to ensure its core programs are open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status.
Federally Protected Classes
- Disability, including people with HIV / AIDS and people in recovery from alcohol / drugs
- Race / Color
- Sex, includes protection against sexual harassment
- Familial Status, includes the presence of children under the age of 18 and / or pregnancy
- National Origin
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Marital Status
State Fair Housing - Protected Classes
The Montana Human Rights Act was enacted in 1965 and prohibits discrimination on several of the federally protected classes and added the following classes:
- Marital Status
Assistance with Fair Housing Issues
For more information on either Federal or Montana protected classes, contact Montana Fair Housing at 1-800-929-2611.
Fair Housing Proclamation
The City Council has proclaimed April as Billings Fair Housing Month. The signed proclamation may be viewed below:
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