Fair Housing

Augusta, Georgia is committed to promoting fair housing practices in this jurisdiction. It is the goal of the Mayor and the Augusta Commission to ensure that no person is denied housing opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin and that any such practice shall be deemed illegal and appropriately dealt with under the law.

Wh

at is Fair Housing?


Fair housing is the right of all individuals for obtaining the housing of their choices, free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. This right is ensured by the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, as amended, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental, financing and insuring of housing. Under the Fair Housing Act, an aggrieved person my, during a period of not more than one year from the date of an alleged discriminatory act, file a complaint directly with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or with a state or local agency enforcing laws that are “substantially equivalent” to the Federal Fair Housing Act. HUD, or the responsible state or local agency is then required to serve notice of the complaint and conduct an investigation into the alleged discriminatory practice. Augusta currently has no local fair housing ordinance and relies on state and federal law.

It is Unlawful to Discriminate in Housing Based on These Factors…..


  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial States (families with children under the age of 18, or who are expecting a child)
  • Handicap (if you or someone close to you has disability)

IF You Believe Your Rights Have Been Violated…….


  • Contact Augusta Housing and Community Development at (706) 821-1797
  • U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development at (404) 331-5140 or 1-(800) 440-8091

To file a claim click the computer:


Click here to file a claim

For more information visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Augusta Housing and Community Development Department, jointly with the Augusta Housing Authority, are currently conducting a study concerning fair housing. WESTERN ECONOMIC SERVICES, LLC Augusta AFH Framework 2 Progress Review Memo: 6/11/2018

Known as the "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice" (AI), the study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition for receiving Federal housing and community development funds. The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist in Richmond County in the rental and real estate markets and the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries. Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that may inadvertently lead to housing discrimination. This AI process includes soliciting the opinions of persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. As such, you are being asked to take part in this survey to provide your opinions and experiences regarding fair housing in the City and County.

Click here to take the survey.