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Discrimination in Housing Based Upon Sex, Including Sexual Harassment Video

Discrimination in Housing Based Upon Sex, Including Sexual Harassment

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing on the basis of sex. Sexual harassment in housing includes demands for sex or sexual acts in order to buy, rent, or continue renting a home. It also includes other unwelcome sexual conduct that makes it hard to keep living in or feel comfortable in your home. To learn more about sexual harassment in housing, explore the information here.


Title VIII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, commonly known as the "Fair Housing Act," prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, purchase, leasing, financing and/or advertising of housing based upon:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex (including sexual harassment)
  • National origin
  • Familial status
  • Disability

*Familial status protects children under the age of 18 living with parent or guardian and pregnant women.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law on April 11, 1968 - seven days after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act also prohibits housing discrimination based on age and marital status. Further restrictions may also be imposed by municipalities pursuant to local ordinance.

Fair housing is not just an important tool for eliminating discrimination; it also helps to strengthen families, communities, businesses, and our overall economy. Fulfillment of the letter and spirit of the law means that every community can be a place of opportunity where people can live in diverse, inclusive, accessible neighborhoods with quality schools, healthy foods, meaningful jobs, health care, green spaces, quality credit, and the other opportunities that frame and affect our lives. (Source: National Fair Housing Alliance)

Click here to view more information on your rights under the Fair Housing Act.

Fair Housing Training, Registration and Recordings

Fair Housing Center of West Michigan Calendar of Events and Registration

Fair Housing Training Calendar


Fair Housing Center of West Michigan 
Fair Housing Training For MSHDA Affiliated Properties  
Fair Housing 101 Training for MSHDA Affiliated Properties (February 10, 2022) 
Fair Housing 201 Training for MSHDA Affiliated Properties (March 9, 2022)  
Fair Housing for Homeseekers (May 19,2022)

Fair Housing Center of Metro Detroit  
Fair Housing Center of Metro Detroit  
Disparate Impact Discrimination:
What It Is and Why It Matters to Every Tenant and Housing Provider (February 26, 2022

Fair Housing Videos 
National Fair Housing Alliance – Seven Days Documentary

50th Anniversary (history of the Fair Housing Act) – Video

America Divided: Norman Lear – Fair Housing Testing Video

Top 10 Fair Housing Mistakes – Video

Common Barriers Experienced by Persons Experiencing Homelessness training held in partnership with Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness on April 18, 2022



Sexual Harassment is Illegal
Your Guide to Fair Housing (English)
Your Guide to Fair Housing (Spanish)
Fair Housing: Equal Opportunity for All (English)
Fair Housing: Equal Opportunity for All (Spanish)
Fair Housing Act
MSHDA Housing Locator brochure
HUD 1686, Fair Housing booklet
Fair Housing Resources Assistance by County
Michigan Relay Center brochure (2MB)
Fair Housing and Diverse Communities
Fair Housing Brochure


Equal Housing Opportunity logos
Equal Housing Opportunity poster (English)
Equal Housing Opportunity poster (Spanish)
HUD Fair Housing poster

Fair Housing Resources Continued

What is Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)?

AFFH is a legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. AFFH means taking meaningful actions that address significant disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity, including:

  • Replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns
  • Transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity
  • Fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws

HUD states in the Summary of its final 2015 rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing that “[t]he Fair Housing Act not only prohibits discrimination but, in conjunction with other statutes, directs HUD’s program participants to take significant actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, achieve truly balanced and integrated living patterns, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities.”

To learn more about HUD's goals to eliminate segregation and discriminatory practices in programs administered with its funds, read:

AFFH Final Rule
HUD's Fair Housing Planning Guide