Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of the Fair Housing Council of Orange County?
A. The primary mission of the
Fair Housing Council of Orange County is to protect the quality of life in Orange
County by ensuring equal access to housing opportunities, fostering diversity and
preserving dignity and human rights.
Q. What is the history of the Fair Housing Council of Orange
A. Founded in 1965, the Fair Housing
Council of Orange County is a private non-profit corporation governed
by a volunteer board of directors. The Fair Housing Council is an
operating member of the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Q. What is the Fair Housing Act?
A. The Fair Housing Act provides
protection against the following discriminatory housing practices
if they are based on race, sex, religion, color, handicap, familial
status or national origin:
- Denying or refusing to rent housing
- Denying or refusing to sell housing
- Treating applicants differently for housing
- Treating residents differently in connection with terms and conditions
- Advertising a discriminatory housing preference or limitations
- Providing false information about the availability of housing
- Harassing, coercing or intimidating people from enjoying or exercising
their rights under the act
- Blockbusting for profit or persuading owners to sell
or rent housing by telling them that people of a particular race,
religion, etc. are moving into the area or neighborhood.
- Imposing different terms for loans for purchasing, constructing,
improving, repairing, or maintaining a home, or loans secured by housing
- Denying use of or participation in real estate services, e.g., brokers
organizations, multiple listing services, etc.
Q. What is arbitrary discrimination?
A. It is discrimination based
on class distinctions which cannot be justified and are not rationally
based. Source of income, sexual preference, marital status are examples
of such class distinctions.
Q. What types of services does the Fair Housing Council of Orange
A. Through comprehensive community
education, individual counseling, mediation, and low-cost advocacy,
the Fair Housing Council works to eliminate housing discrimination
in Orange County and guarantee the rights of all people to freely
chose housing in the area they desire to live. Services provided by
the Fair Housing Council include fair housing enforcement and education,
landlord/tenant counseling, mediation and homebuyer HUD counseling
which includes first-time homebuyer seminars, reverse mortgage counseling
and default counseling.
How many landlord/tenant disputes are resolved by the Fair Housing
Council of Orange County each year? And whats the impact of
resolving those disputes without going to court?
A. Presently, the Fair Housing
Council resolves nearly 80% of the disputes that come before the agency,
saving Orange County taxpayers millions in court time every year,
along with helping thousands of individuals keep or gain access to
a home. The Fair Housing Councils evidence of fair housing violations
has been successfully used by the US Department of Justice, HUD, California
Department of Fair Employment and Housing and private attorneys in
federal and state administrative and court proceedings. In addition,
under leadership of the current management, the Fair Housing Council
has prevailed in all fair housing cases in which the organization
was a named party.
Q. How does the Fair Housing Act protect people with disabilities?
A. The Act provides protection
for discriminatory housing practices if they are based on a disability.
A disability is defined as any physical or mental impairment which
substantially limits one or more major life activities. Individuals
who have a record of an impairment or have been regarded as having
such an impairment are also covered. Impairments include mental illness,
AIDS, blindness, hearing impairment, mental retardation, mobility
Q. Have civil rights complaints risen or declined over the past
A. Civil Rights complaints of
all varieties more than doubled from 1990 to 1998, from 18,793 to
42,354. They accounted for 8.6 percent of the 217,879 federal civil
cases in 1990, compared with 16.5 percent of all 256, 787 civil cases
Q. Where is the Fair Housing Council of Orange County located
and what are its hours of operations?
A. The Fair Housing Council of
Orange County is located at 201 S. Broadway, Santa Ana, California,
92701, phone: 714/569-0823 or 800/698-FAIR, fax: 714/835-0281, email:
email@example.com and web site: www.fairhousingoc.org. The agencys
hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and
closed every other Friday.
Q. Does the Fair Housing Council of Orange County offer services in
languages other than English?
A. Yes, services are available
in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Q. Who Governs the Fair Council of Orange County?
A. The Fair Housing Council is
governed by a volunteer board of directors, which establishes and
oversees all policies. The background of the board is diverse and
includes attorneys, real estate professionals, university professors,
CPAs, business executives and individuals from the non-profit
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FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL OF ORANGE COUNTY
201 S. Broadway | Santa Ana, California | 92701