The Equal Rights Center offers free advocacy services for people who believe they have experienced discrimination in housing. In Virginia, housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, elderliness, or familial status - meaning the presence of children in your home - is illegal. And, beginning July 1st, housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, and status as a veteran will be illegal as well. Discrimination takes many different forms. For example, we've seen landlords refuse to rent to people based on racial stereotypes, illegally turn away housing voucher holders, and fail to properly accommodate people with disabilities.
If you believe you have experienced housing discrimination, please contact us. We may be able to investigate your claim using civil rights testing. We can also advocate on your behalf with your landlord or housing provider, assist you with filing a fair housing complaint, or help you to make a reasonable accommodation or modification request. You can reach us by phone at 202-234-3062 or by email at email@example.com. For more information, please explore the resources provided in our virtual exhibit, or visit us at equalrightscenter.org.