Publish date: April 20, 2018
The UCLA Labor Center and California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) collaborated to produce Know Your Top Fair Housing Rights, a multilingual booklet addressing a critical need in California for culturally attuned fair housing resources. The release coincides with Fair Housing Month and the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
“California is home to more immigrants than any other state, and we have a substantial population with limited English proficiency,” said Tia Koonse, the Legal and Policy Research Manager at the UCLA Labor Center. “These communities are particularly vulnerable to housing discrimination, and we wanted to provide an easy-to-read resource in relevant languages.”
Given that Asian and Latino communities comprise 53% of the state’s population, the booklet offers educational materials in the most commonly spoken languages (in addition to English): Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
“Many people never report housing discrimination because they are unaware of the law and face language barriers,” explained Jeylee Quiroz, an assistant researcher at the UCLA Labor Center. “We hope this booklet will help tenants and housing providers understand housing rights and protections in California and the role of the DFEH.”
The booklet highlights prohibitions against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as examples of common fair housing law violations. Additionally, it explains the mission of the DFEH and encourages those who have experienced inequities to call, visit, or submit a complaint form online to the DFEH.
Housing rights outlined in Know Your Top Fair Housing Rights include:
- The right to be treated equally.
- The right to housing with your kids.
- The right to equal treatment regardless of the source of your income.
- The right to roommates if you have room.
- The right to use your preferred language.
- The right to your assistance animal.
- The right to access housing regardless of disability.
- The right to withhold your immigration status.
- The right to housing without harassment.
Download the booklet: http://bit.ly/CAhousingrights