The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) formed in 1965 as a response to a pervasive public need for affordable housing. Like all government assistance programs, HUD was created to ensure a baseline standard of living and protections for all Americans. The department and its agencies and programs are bound to the Fair Housing Act in the same way as private housing and financing companies. However, the right of fair access to government services for all citizens is not always upheld. Nearly half a century after the passage of anti-discrimination legislation, lawsuits regarding discrimination and unequal access to housing programs and services are successfully leveled against HUD and other federal, state, and local government industries. Policies promoting racial segregation have come under legal scrutiny within the past decade.
Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to deny access to housing or governmental housing aid based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, or gender. 17 states also protect sexual orientation and gender identity, including California. Housing discrimination is a serious transgression, especially when committed by government entities. Regardless of your demographics, you deserve fair and equal access to programs and services meant to provide necessary assistance to those in need. This includes public housing, housing vouchers, and subsidized housing; as well as government mortgages and financing, veteran housing services, and various assistance programs.
Legal action against the government can seem intimidating, but if you have been denied access to services on the basis of discrimination, it is essential to stand up for your rights. Joseph M. Kar will fight for the fair and equal treatment that you deserve. You are not alone, and you should not be victimized by your own government. For skilled, experienced representation, contact the Law Office of Joseph M. Kar, PC.