December 9, 2010

Magazine Article Helps HUD Staff Get Housing for Native American Family

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Have you ever read about a person’s situation in a newspaper or magazine, and wished there was something you could do to help?

After reading about a San Francisco family man with disabilities, who was turned down for a Housing Choice Voucher (Section Eight) because of his Native American heritage, disabilities, and family, HUDs Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office (FHEO) was able to reconnect with a homeless man who once filed a housing discrimination complaint with HUD to do just that.

The Fair Housing Act says it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, disability, or family status. So when HUDs FHEO San Francisco staff learned about an article featured in Poor Magazine they took action and launched an investigation. The story is about a Native American man with disabilities who was looking for a place to live. When the man went to his local housing authority to inquire about getting rental assistance, he was allegedly told by employees they did not work with Indians, Indian tribes, and the Indian Child Welfare Act, and they refused to accept his tribal guardianship documents.

As a result of the investigation, the authority agreed to give the man and his family the voucher, as well as issue guidance on accepting documentation from Native American sources.

If one day you hear about a local news story regarding housing discrimination, or you feel like youve been discriminated against based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability let us know by calling 1-800-669-9777 or by visiting HUD’s website.

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