Fair Housing

Overview

State and Federal Housing laws prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on protected classes, such as race, religion, national origin, family status, disability, sexual preference, source of income, or any arbitrary status. 

For more information, check out the History of Fair Housing

Want to Test Your Fair Housing Knowledge?  Take this Quiz, for Spanish click here.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing 

As a recipient of federal funds to administer housing and community development programs, the City of Encinitas must affirmatively further fair housing.

Fair Housing Services

Equal access to housing is everyone's right. To assist in the effort to affirmatively further fair housing, the City of Encinitas has contracted with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD) to provide fair housing services for Encinitas residents at no cost. LASSD helps tenants and home buyers identify if they have been discriminated against. They also provide education and guidance to property owners and managers on fair housing-related issues. If you think you are a victim of housing-related discrimination or would like more information about fair housing, please contact the Legal Aid Society at (844) 449-3500.

Encinitas tenants are invited to attend a free Fair Housing Presentation on May, 4, 2017, 5:30pm at the Carlsbad Senior Center. More information can be found in this flier, available in Spanish.

Analysis of Impediments

The City is required to complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) every five years. The AI is a review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice. The report provides a demographic profile of the County, assesses housing needs of specific income groups, and evaluates housing opportunities available for residents. While this report assesses the nature and extent of housing discrimination, it also focuses on developing solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments. The City of Encinitas, is one of thirteen jurisdictional members of the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing (SDRAFFH) that participates in the completion of a regional AI. The group completed the FY 2015-20 Analysis of Impediments in May 2015. The Encinitas City Council approved the FY 2015-20 AI at a public meeting on May 13, 2015. The entire document can be viewed here: San Diego County - Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2015-20 or at the Planning and Building Department during business hours.

Additional Resources

California Department of Housing and Community Development
California Department of Consumer Affairs
HUD – Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Office (800) 669-9777
Department of Fair Employment and Housing (800) 884-1684