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The City of Racine is committed to affirmatively furtherig fair housing and complying with state and federal fair housing laws. These laws prohibit discrimination against a persons race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and disability.
The Fair Housing Department provides fair housing (anti-discrimination) investigative and enforcement services from its office in City Hall. Fair Housing also conducts educational seminars for housing consumers and members of the housing industry, and provides legal referrals through the Lawyer Referral Service. Fair Housing's office receives funding from local cities and counties and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).
Federal and state laws prohibit housing discrimination. It is illegal to deny housing to an individual on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, familial status (i.e., presence of children), marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. It is also illegal to treat an in-place tenant any differently than other tenants on the basis of any of the above group characteristics. It is important to know your rights, to recognize if your rights are being violated, and to know what you can do to take action.
Signs of housing discrimination include:
Examples of possible housing discrimination include when owners or agents:
It is legal for a landlord to refuse to rent to an applicant with:
If you suspect discrimination, you do not have to take a simple "No." However, do not act angry or threaten to sue. Instead, write down the following information, if available:
Then call Fair Housing at: (262) 636-9595
Fair Housing can do the following things:
Fair Housing Department
Main Phone: (262) 636-9595
Fax: (262) 635-5347
Location & Hours
City Hall730 Washington Avenue1st Floor - Room 102Racine, Wisconsin 53403
Monday through Thursday8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Fair Housing Director Morris Reece
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Fair Housing Council
City of Racine Environmental Health Department
Southern WI Landlords Association
Department of Argriculture: Division of Consumer Protection
City of Racine Building Department
State of Wisconsin Equal Rights Division
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