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Fair Housing

SHRA, on behalf of the City and County of Sacramento, receives federal Community Development funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Sacramento and the unincorporated County of Sacramento which includes the Cities of Folsom, Isleton, Galt and Citrus Heights.   As a condition for receiving federal Community Development funding SHRA under direction of HUD has a responsibility to affirmatively further fair housing within the before mentioned jurisdictions. SHRA strives through the implementation of its programs and outreach efforts to reduce housing discrimination in housing, to include rental, sales and lending on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, familial status (presence of children), gender identity, or handicap, in compliance with the Fair Housing Act.

A key tool in ensuring fair housing choice in Sacramento has been the ongoing updates to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI).  The AI is a broad-spectrum analysis of private and public practices and policies, which may affect people’s ability to choose housing in an environment free from discrimination.  The AI is updated prior to the adoption of the Consolidated Planning process for the implementation of funding pertaining to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs. 

On July 16, 2015, HUD adopted the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Final Rule which requires that HUD grant recipients incorporate the purposes and policies of the Fair Housing Act into their planning processes.  As part of this new rule, a new Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) is required.  The new AFH replaces the former AI process.  As part of the AFH, HUD is providing additional data for communities to analyze related to the expenditure of the before mentioned federal community development funds. 

In order to develop a coordinated regional approach to ensure fair housing choice for all residents in the surrounding metropolitan area, SHRA is partnering with the Urban County of Sacramento, the Cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Davis, Woodland, Roseville, West Sacramento, and the Housing Authorities of Sacramento, Yolo and Roseville to produce a joint AFH.  SHRA, with the regional partners, will release a request for proposals to select a consultant to develop the AFH.  The consultant is anticipated to be selected by the end of 2016 and the formal AFH process should commence in early 2017.  SHRA will update this webpage with additional information regarding the AFH through adoption of the AFH.

Since the Regional Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission no longer acts in its historical capacity, SHRA, the County of Sacramento, and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova staff have worked collaboratively to reconstitute a comprehensive and coordinated fair housing program to be operated in the Sacramento Region.  The culmination of these efforts resulted in SHRA executing new contracts in August of 2015 with Sacramento Self-Help Housing (SSHH) and Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) to provide Fair Housing services in the City of Sacramento and unincorporated County of Sacramento to include the Cities of Folsom, Isleton, Galt, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove.

Renters Helpline

Sacramento Self Help Housing (SSHH) in collaboration with Community Link Capital Region (2-1-1), Project Sentinel, Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), and the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley provides telephone counseling and mediation services for unincorporated Sacramento County residents in a housing crisis or dispute. The program counselors will deal directly with concerns regarding landlord-tenant disputes and help refer fair housing issues to the appropriate agency.  Please call 916-389-7877 or online at Renters Helpline

Public Housing Authority

Reasonable Accommodation and Policy and Procedures 

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Persons living with HIV/AIDS face a number of challenges that are often amplified by stigma and discrimination associated with the virus. To many, discrimination acts as a barrier to meeting basic needs such as shelter.  Please click on this link:  Housing Discrimination Because of AIDS/HIV is Illegal for resources on how to obtain assistance. 

If you have a fair housing complaint, the following organizations are available to provide assistance:

The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.


FAIR HOUSING/EQUAL OPPROTUNITY SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OFFICE
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Pacific/Hawaii Office
600 Harrison Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
Voice: 800 - 669-9777 
TTY:   800 - 927-9275

California Department of Employment and Fair Housing (DFEH) is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. The mission of the DFEH is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate violence. 

National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the voice of fair housing.  NFHA works to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people through leadership, education, outreach, membership services, public policy initiatives, advocacy and enforcement.

Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) provides legal representation to low-income clients in 23 Northern California counties.  One of LSNC priorities is the preservation of housing (e.g. tenant rights, evictions and lockouts, foreclosures, quality of housing, mobile homes, mitigation of homelessness, termination of utilities, etc.  Contact LSNC for additional information about their services.

LSNC
Sacramento Office (serving Sacramento County)
515 – 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Voice: (916) 551-2150
Fax: (916) 551-2196

In addition to the above, additional resources are listed below.

Sacramento 2-1-1
Dial 2-1-1 for free, 24-hour information on community, health and social services.
2-1-1 is a one-stop source of information for people looking for community services and resources, especially for those who need essential services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, and more. Callers receive personalized information from a live resource specialist. 2-1-1 is confidential and available in more than 150 languages.

Sacramento Self Help Housing
1250 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 341-0593

Carol Miller Justice Center
300 Bicentennial Circle
Sacramento, CA  95826

Disability Rights of California
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA  95811
(916) 504-5800

Rental Housing Association
191 Lathrop Way, Suite A 
Sacramento, CA 95815 
Phone: (916) 920-1120 
Fax: (916) 929-0655 

Sacramento County Public Law Library
Civil Self-Help Center
609 9th Street
Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 874-6011

Sacramento County Bar Referral Service
30 minute consultation for $50
(916) 564-6707

Sacramento Mediation Center
(mediation on a sliding scale)
2015 J Street, Suite 204
Sacramento, CA  95811
(916) 442-6210
(916) 441-7979

Small Claims Advisory Clinic
Carol Miller Justice Center, Suite 330, 3rd Floor
8:30am – 4:00pm
Closed for lunch 12pn – 1pm

Small Claims Call Center
(916) 875-7846

Tenants Together
(Foreclosure & Tenant Rights)
1-888-495-8020

Unlawful Detainer Advisory Clinic
Carol Miller Justice Center, Suite 320, 3rd Floor
8:30am – 4:00pm
(916) 875-7746

Voluntary Legal Services Program (VLSP)
(916) 551-2102
517 12th Street
Sacramento, CA  95814