What is Fair Housing?
Fair housing is the right to choose housing free from unlawful discrimination. Fair housing laws protect people from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.
In Washington State, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity are also protected. There are further protections based on the city or county in which you reside. For example, the presence of a Section 8 voucher is protected in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Vancouver.
Have you been discriminated against?
Our goal is to assure that residents of Washington State have the tools they need to report housing rights violations. If you feel you have been discriminated against, contact the Fair Housing Center to schedule an intake interview to determine your course of action.
Branch encourages families to make informed choices about where they want to live.
Fair Housing services for western and central Washington
Our service area is western and central Washington, including Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Kitsap, Island, San Juan, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, Yakima, Kittitas, and Chelan counties. Our partner organization, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance serves eastern Washington.
We can guide you to resources and provide services to resolve discrimination claims.
We work with a network of partners to advocate for access to fair housing choice for all protected classes.
We are here for landlords and property managers to ensure they know their rights and responsibilities under fair housing law.
Who We Serve
- Housing Consumers
- Housing Providers
- Social Service Providers
- Government Planners & Policymakers