Jessica Dovalina | (210) 207-5915 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN ANTONIO (April 14, 2016) April is National Fair Housing Month! This month marks the 48th anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark law passed shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. This year's Fair Housing Month theme is "Sharing Opportunities in Every Community!" The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services (DHS) joins communities across the nation in committing to the goal of eliminating housing discrimination and creating equal opportunity in every community.
DHS provides Fair Housing education and Housing Counseling year round to help families maintain housing stability, a key to family well-being. As a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved housing counseling agency, DHS provides the following services:
- Tenant and landlord mediation
- Default counseling to homeowners
- Investigation of discrimination complaints
- Home equity conversion education
- Real estate advertisement monitoring
- Plan reviews for accessibility requirements
- Referrals and community outreach
- Homeless Prevention
In 2015, the Fair Housing/ Housing Counseling program assisted 1,045 residents with tenant and landlord mediation services, and referred 25 complaints of discrimination to HUD. The Fair Housing Act remains a powerful tool to ensure every person has an equal chance to find the home that is right for them, without prejudice or discrimination. The City of San Antonio also prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, familial status, national origin or age.
For more information regarding Fair Housing and Housing Counseling, or questions about your rights, please call Department of Human Services Fair Housing/ Housing Counseling program office at 210-207-5910.