The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section works to protect some of the most fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to access housing free from discrimination, the right to access credit on an equal basis, the right to patronize places of business that provide public accommodations and the right to practice one’s faith free from discrimination.
The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section enforces:
the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing,
the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits discrimination in credit,
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters. The Department of Justice can bring a lawsuit under Title II when there is reason to believe that a person has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in violation of Title II. Individuals can also file suit to enforce their rights under Title II,
the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing land use regulations that discriminate against religious assemblies and institutions or which unjustifiably burden religious exercise,
and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides for the temporary suspension of judicial and administrative proceedings and civil protections in areas such as housing, credit and taxes for military personnel while they are on active duty.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Justice Department announced an agreement to resolve allegations of discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities who sought to live in supported housing in one of the city's residential neighborhoods.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Justice Department announced that developer Biafora's Inc. and several affiliated companies have agreed to pay $205,000 and make substantial retrofits to remove accessibility barriers at multifamily apartment complexes.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Agreement Resolves Allegations that Defendants Discriminated Against Section 8 Voucher Holders on the Basis of Race