Fair Housing Is Your Right
In Connecticut, you have a right to fair housing. This means that you have the right to choose where to live, to raise a family, to own a home. It is your right to do so in dignity and without fear of discrimination because of your race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, or because you are disabled or have children in your family or are pregnant. Fair housing in Connecticut also means you may freely choose a place to live without regard to your age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation or lawful source of income (which means that income from social security, SSI, housing assistance, child support, alimony, public or general assistance should not restrict your housing rights).
CHRO enforces the laws which protect you against violations of your housing rights. We want you to understand the many ways that the law protects you and what you should do if you believe you have been the victim of illegal discrimination. Review the information below. Learn to recognize the signs of discrimination in rental, sales, and lending, and how to protect yourself.
The Housing Discrimination Unit
Protecting your housing rights and more, at CHRO.
Fair Housing Publications:
Right to Equal Opportunity Housing Flyer (PDF)
Housing Discrimination Unit Complaint Inquiry Form (DOC)
Housing Discrimination Unit Complaint Referral Form (DOC)
How Do You Recognize Discrimination?
Housing discrimination is rarely blatant. Be suspicious when you hear...
If You Have Children
Families cannot be denied the housing of their choice simply because they have children.
If You Have A Disability
Additional protections if you have a disability; reasonable accommodations.
If You Are Sexually Harassed
How to recognize sexual harassment.
If You Feel You Have Been Treated Unfairly
Where do you get help?
What If You Need Help Quickly?
Justice delayed may be justice denied.
What Happens After I File A Complaint?
Understand the complaint process.
CHRO and HUD, working together.
State and federal governments working in partnership.
Requirements For New Buildings
Rights to accessibility and built in accommodations.
Discriminatory Advertising, Statements and Notices
Discrimination may be in the form of written and oral statements.