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Practice Fair Housing

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The City of San Diego is committed to furthering fair housing efforts by promoting fair and equal housing opportunities for its residents. It is committed to highlighting the Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) by continuing to address discrimination in our community and to support programs that will educate the public about the right to equal housing opportunities.

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It is the City's policy to provide services without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, familial status, source of income, sexual orientation or disability. This commitment extends to all grant-funded housing programs provided by the City.

Cover Fall 2019 Fair Housing NewsletterWhat is Fair Housing?

Fair housing can be defined as a condition in which individuals of similar income levels in the same housing market have a like range of housing choice available to them regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, familial status, source of income, sexual orientation or disability.

Read about the latest issues in Fair Housing in the City of San Diego and learn about available resources in the PDF icon Fall 2019 edition of the Practice Fair Housing newsletter (left).

View the 2018 Public Service Announcement featuring Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer.


What is Housing Discrimination?

Housing discrimination is unjust or prejudicial treatment of individuals, in the area of housing and real estate, based on the individual's protected class.

What Guarantees My Right to Fair Housing?

The right to fair housing is assured by a variety of federal and state laws, primarily the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, which make it unlawful to discriminate in renting, selling, financing, and insuring housing.

What Should I Do If I Have a Complaint?

If you believe you have been denied housing or the opportunity to apply for housing in the City because of a protected characteristic, contact the City's Fair Housing Hotline at 1-844-449-3500.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)

The City of San Diego, in conjunction with the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing, has completed the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) for Fiscal Year 2021 to 2025. Established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the AI is a streamlined process designed to help jurisdictions – like ours -- understand and evaluate our Fair Housing landscape.

The AI report represents a demographic profile of San Diego County, assesses the extent of housing needs among specific income groups, and evaluates the range of available housing choices for residents. The AI also analyzes the conditions in the private market and public sector that may limit the range of housing choices or impede a person’s access to housing. More importantly, this AI identifies impediments that may prevent equal housing access and develops solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments. To view the full report, please visit the following PDF icon link

Review the Analyses of Fair Housing Impediments prepared by the San Diego region:

Public Notices - Past Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice: 

To further reflect its commitment to fair housing, the City has engaged the services of a Fair Housing Service Provider to provide community outreach and legal services:

Legal Aid Society of San Diego Inc.
1764 San Diego Ave., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92110-1987
877-534-2524 | General Inquiries
844-449-3500 | Fair Housing Hotline

Other Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
600 Harrison St., Third floor
San Francisco, CA 94107-1300

California State Department of Fair Employment and Housing
611 W. Sixth St., Room 150
Los Angeles, CA 90017-3101

San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing
Email: info@sdfairhousing.org

PDF icon SDMC Section 131.0466 on Reasonable Accommodations in Development
The Federal Fair Housing Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act require that jurisdictions make reasonable accommodations to afford disabled persons the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. In consideration of the special need and the potential benefit that can be accomplished with a requested modification, deviations may be approved.

To get in touch with the City directly about Fair Housing matters, please contact:

City of San Diego
Economic Development Department
1200 Third Ave,, Suite 1400, MS 56D
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-236-6700

Fax: 619-533-3219
Email: CDBG@sandiego.gov

Public Service AnnouncementsFair Housing PSA 2018



Fair Housing Information: Brochures & Frequently Asked Questions

Practice Fair Housing Newsletters