Mississippi Fair Housing Initiative Program (M-FHIP)

Fair Housing Act

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).

Further, the Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to indicate any preference or limitation on these bases when advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling. The Fair Housing Act also prohibits harassment of anyone exercising a fair housing right and retaliation against an individual because s/he has assisted, or participated in any manner, in a fair housing investigation. 

Mississippi Fair Housing Initiative Program (M-FHIP)

The Mississippi Fair Housing Initiative Program (M-FHIP) offers consumers and housing professionals throughout the state of Mississippi fair housing education and outreach activities, materials, and technical assistance.  Activities include workshops, presentations, and displays at community events. Materials are up-to-date on the latest developments in fair housing law and are available free of charge.  Technical assistance is available for help with filing claims of fair housing law violations and referral to other resources.

Workshop Dates and locations

 

If You Think Your Fair Housing Rights Have Been Violated

You may file a Housing Discrimination Complaint at no charge to you.

You have one year from the date of an alleged violation to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible.

How to File 
 Mail HUD Form 903.1 Housing Discrimination Information (PDF)
Write HUD a letter
Telephone HUD
 

What to Tell HUD
 Your name and address
The name and address of the person your complaint is against (the respondent)
The address or other identification of the housing involved
A short description of the alleged violation (the event that caused you to believe your rights were violated)
The date(s) of the alleged violation

Where to Write
 

Send a Housing Discrimination Complaint Form or a letter to:

Fair Housing Hub
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Five Point Plaza
40 Marietta Street, 16th Floor
Atlanta, GA  30303-2808


Where to Call
 

Call the HUD regional office in Atlanta at this toll-free number:  1.800.440.8091.
Fax:  404.331.1021
TDD:  404.730.2654

E-mail:  Complaints_office_04@hud.gov

Or you may call the toll free national TDD hotline in Washington D.C. at 1.800.927.9275.

If You Are a Person with a Disability the HUD office in Jackson also provides a
TDD phone for the hearing impaired:  601.965.4171 (This is not a toll free call.)

Mississippi Fair Housing Initiative Program (M-FHIP) Resources

Mississippi Development Authority
Disaster Recovery Division
Post Office Box 849
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
Office Phone:  601.359.2409
http://www.msdisasterrecovery.com/workforce_housing/implementation.html

 

Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center
2218 24th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501
228.396.4008
www.makeitfair.com

HEED
3405 Medgar Evers Boulevard
Jackson, MS 39283
601.981.1960
www2.netdoor.com/~heed/

 

Institute for Disability Studies
The University of Southern Mississippi
3825 Ridgewood Road, Suite 729
601.432.6876 | 1.866.883.4474
TDD: 1.888.671.0051
http://www.usm.edu/ids

 

Mississippi Center for Legal Services
111 East Front Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39403
601.545.2950
www.mslegalservices.org


Other Fair Housing Resources

 

Mississippi Development Authority
Post Office Box 849
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
601.359.3449
http://www.mississippi.org/

 

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410
202.708.1112 | TDD: 202.708.1455
www.hud.gov

 

 

United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/housing/faq.php

 

 

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
http://www.fairhousingfirst.org/

 

 

National Fair Housing Alliance
http://www.nationalfairhousing.org/FairHousingResources/tabid/2555/Default.aspx

 

 

FHA Website
http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page?_pageid=73,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

 

 

FHA HUD on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/FHAHUD

 

 

FHA HUD on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Federal-Housing-Administration-Department-of-Housing-and-Urban-Development/37437263955#

 

History

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was meant as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The 1968 act expanded on previous acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status.  Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act (of 1968).

The enactment of the federal Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968 came only after a long and difficult journey. From 1966-1967, Congress regularly considered the fair housing bill, but failed to garner a strong enough majority for its passage.  However, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson utilized this national tragedy to urge for the bill's speedy Congressional approval. Since the 1966 open housing marches in Chicago, Dr. King's name had been closely associated with the fair housing legislation.  President Johnson viewed the Act as a fitting memorial to the man's life work, and wished to have the Act passed prior to Dr. King's funeral in Atlanta.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the White House Cabin

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the White House Cabinet Room in 1966