Equal Housing Opportunity


It is against the laws of the United States of America, the State of Florida and the City of Melbourne for anyone to refuse to rent, sell or make a housing loan to you because of your race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.


         You Have a Right to Live Where You Want to Live

The City of Melbourne's Fair Housing Ordinance, the Florida Fair Housing Act and the Federal Fair Housing Act make it illegal for anyone to refuse to rent, sell or make a housing loan to you because of the following factors:
 
RACE or COLOR
NATIONAL ORIGIN
RELIGION
GENDER
FAMILIAL STATUS (including  children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18)
HANDICAP (disability)

How Do You Recognize Housing Discrimination?
 
Based upon the above-listed factors (also known as "protected classes"), it is against the law to:
Refuse to rent to you or sell you housing.
Tell you housing is unavailable when in fact it is available.
Show you apartments or homes in certain neighborhoods only.
Advertise housing to preferred groups of people only.
Refuse to provide you with information regarding mortgage loans, deny you a mortgage loan, or impose different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan.
Deny you property insurance.
Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner.
Refuse to make certain modifications or accommodations for persons with a mental or physical disability , including person recovering from alcohol and substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS-related illnesses.
Fail to design and construct housing in an accessible manner.
Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with their fair housing rights.

If You Don't Report Discrimination, It Can't Be Stopped!

IF you believe your rights have been violated, the City of Melbourne's Housing & Community Development Department is ready to help you file a complaint.

YOU
have 180 days from the date of the alleged act of discrimination to file your complaint with the City of Melbourne.

You will need to provide the following information in your complaint:

Your name, address, and phone number(s) where you can be reached.
Another contact's name, address and phone number(s) if the agency cannot reach you.
A description of what happened to you.
A statement telling why you believe you are being discriminated against (e.g. on the basis of what protected class).
A statement of who discriminated against you with their name, title and address.
A statement describing where the alleged discrimination occurred (complete address).
A statement as to the date the last act of discrimination occurred. Tell if the alleged discrimination is ongoing.

The City of Melbourne's Housing & Community Development Department will make an initial inquiry into your complaint and, if there are reasonable grounds to believe a violation has occurred, will refer your complaint to the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Or, if indicated by the nature of the complaint, will refer your complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information contact:
  
City of Melbourne
Housing & Community Development Department

695 E. University Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida 32901-7121
Phone: (321) 674-5734
Fax: (321) 674-5738

Other agencies that can answer your questions about fair housing and how to file a fair housing complaint:

Fair Housing Continuum, Inc.
840 N. Cocoa Blvd. Suite F
Cocoa, FL. 32922
(321) 633-4551
Fax: (321) 633-5198

Florida Commission
on Human Relations

325 John Knox Road
Building F, Suite 240
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4149
1-800-342-8170

Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity
U.S. Department of
Housing & Urban Development

Room 5204 451 Seventh St. SW
Washington D.C. 20410-2000
1-800-669-977

 

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