Fair Housing
It is against the law to be denied access to housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.  But how do you know if discrimination is actually occurring according to the Federal Fair Housing Laws?  And how would you know if the way you manage your housing related business does no violate these laws?
 
The City of Altoona's Fair Housing Program provides educational information and outreach programs to tenants, landlords, lending institutions, housing managers, contractors and anyone in the housing business regarding the Federal Fair Housing Laws.
 
The Fair Housing Program is committed to raising the level of awareness to the residents and businesses of the City of Altoona with respect to their rights and responsibilities under the Federal Fair Housing Act.
 
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:

    Race or Color
    National Origin
    Religion
    Sex
    Disability
    Familial Status (families with children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians:  pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18)

Any person wishing to file a housing discrimination complaint may do so with the assistance of the Fair Housing Administrator (FHA).  The FHA will review the complaint, make recommendations and provide help with filing a discrimination complaint.
 
Funding for the City of Altoona's Fair Housing Program is provided by Community Development Block Grant funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
Any one who feels that their fair housing rights have been violated based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability, should contact the Fair Housing Office at 814-949-2537 or FAX to 814-949-0372 or fairhousing@altoonapa.gov.
 
For more information about the Fair Housing Act go to www.hud.gov/hudportal.