Fair Housing

It’s the Law


Discrimination, based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status or national origin, in connection with the sale or rental of most housing and any vacant land offered for residential construction or use, is illegal under Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
 
The City of Plano, through Ordinance No. 92-3-13, also prohibits housing discrimination. Furthermore, it is illegal to threaten, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right. The City of Plano’s 2015-2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing reviews impediments to fair housing choice in the public and private sectors within the city. For further information regarding your rights with regard to housing discrimination, you may go to the HUD's website on Fair Housing.

North Texas Regional Assessment of Fair Housing

On January 9, 2017, the City Council approved a Resolution No. 2017-1-3(R) allowing the City of Plano to collaborate with seven north Texas cities and 15 north Texas housing authorities on a Regional Assessment of Fair Housing. The collaboration enables participants to address fair housing issues that cross jurisdictional lines. The focus is on a local approach that will work best for communities within our region.

Consultants from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) will conduct public meetings and focus groups, on behalf of the City of Plano and the Plano Housing Authority, to gain feedback from residents on fair housing issues. UTA is developing a website to provide information on the regional process that can be viewed here. The website will be updated with regional fair housing data over the upcoming months.

You can provide input on fair housing by attending a focus group (see information on the right side of this page) and by completing the short online survey available here: http://northtexasrha.com/survey 
  

How to File a Housing Complaint

If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can:

  • call (800) 669-9777 and for the hearing impaired, please call TTY (800) 927-9275, or
  • file a complaint online with North Texas Fair Housing Center

Alternatively, a citizen may file a housing discrimination complaint with the City of Plano, by calling the Community Services Division, (972) 208-8150.

Helpful Resources

How to Recognize if you are a Victim of Housing Discrimination

Plano Housing Authority

North Texas Fair Housing Center