Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys affirmatively promotes and dedicates itself to following the California and Federal Fair Housing Laws. Staff receives training on a regular basis through participation in seminars promoted by the Los Angeles Housing Department and through Habitat for Humanity International conferences and telephonic training sessions. These laws prohibit discrimination by local government and individuals based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, marital status, national origin, ancestry or mental or physical disability. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Gov. Code Sec. 12900 et seq.) expressly prohibits discrimination through public or private land use practices and decisions that make housing opportunities unavailable. Similarly, the federal Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3601 et seq. or “Title VIII” has been held to prohibit public and private land use practices and decisions that have a disparate impact on the protected groups. The federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 requires local governments considering housing projects for the disabled to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies and practices if necessary to afford disabled persons equal opportunity for housing (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3604(f)(3)(B)).
Housing Restricted to Veterans
Housing restricted to veterans is permissible under the Fair Housing Act, so long as the restriction does not operate to exclude a class protected by the Act. Thus, the housing must be offered to any qualified veteran, regardless of race, color, national orgin, religion, sex, disability or familial status. 42 U.S.C. 3601-19.