Housing Rights Center to host free fair housing workshop

Equal Housing OpportunityLANCASTER – The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is hosting a FREE ‘Fair Housing Workshop’ for Lancaster residents and community members from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Lancaster City Hall, located at 44933 Fern Avenue in Lancaster.

The Housing Rights Center will present information and resources regarding housing discrimination and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities.

Topics will include:

  • Discrimination against families with children,
  • Disability rights,
  • Sexual harassment,
  • Evictions,
  • Repairs,
  • Security deposits,
  • Rent increases,
  • Substandard conditions, and much more!

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, known as the “Fair Housing Act,” provides protection from discrimination in all housing related transactions based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status and disability. Furthermore, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act provides additional protections against housing discrimination based on marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, and source of income. The California Unruh Civil Rights Act also provides protection from housing discrimination based on age and protects the right to freedom from violence and intimidation in housing.

For more information, or to RSVP for the free workshop, contact Geraldine Noguera at 800-477-5977, ext. #1103.

HRC is California’s largest nonprofit, civil-rights agency dedicated to promoting and securing fair housing. HRC investigates over 1,600 housing discrimination complaints annually and assists over 17,000 individuals with their housing-related concerns.

Individuals who believe they are victims of housing discrimination or who have questions about the fair housing laws or their landlord-tenant rights are encouraged to contact HRC for additional information at 1-800-477-5977. Additional information is also available at www.housingrightscenter.org.

  3 comments for “Housing Rights Center to host free fair housing workshop

  1. Quigley
    June 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Exactly what the AV needs….Section 8 tenants are getting ripped off….they should not have to pay any out of pocket money towards their rent! And…if 20 family members want to move in it should be okay. So please educate the public on their rights!

    • Raptormann
      June 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Don’t for get, they need their right to deal drugs and have large fist fights in the front yard. Their right to have loud late-night parties and the police called every other week. Those evil landlords need to be put in their place because you cannot have them keeping security deposits over trivial things like destroyed carpets, cabinets and holes punched in the walls.

      • egmz
        June 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

        SO how people on section 8 have more rights then those of us who actually work hard to pay our own rent/mortgage. And we wonder why and how the AV has gone from bad to worse or a short period of time. I am a hard working mother/wife. Both my husband and I work AND are full time students. Yet somehow these people on Section 8 live “better” than us in a grand house that is paid by taxpayers such as myself! In the meantime, I have to rent an apartment cause I don’t get free rent money! Yes, I would say that it’s time to re-define the terms and conditions for those on Section 8 and welfare!

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