FAIR HOUSING

It's the Law

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy a home or rent an apartment and you believe your housing resources rights have been violated, or if you feel your renter's rights or right to fair housing have been denied, you can file a fair housing complaint.


If you think your Fair Housing Rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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How to file a complaint

Filing a complaint in the State of Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission ("TWC") is the entity responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act in the State of Texas. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint, but you should file it as soon as possible. The following information will be requested:

  • Your name and address
  • The name and address of the person your complaint is against (the Respondent)
  • The address or other identification of the housing involved 
  • A short description of the alleged violation (the event that caused you to believe your rights were violated) 
  • The date(s) of the alleged violation


Complaints can be filed by email, fax, hand delivery, online, or mail:

Texas Workforce Commission

Civil Rights Division

1117 Trinity Street, Room 144-T

Austin, Texas 78701

(888) 452-4778 or (512) 463-2642

TTY: 512-371-7473

Fax: 512-463-2643

HousingComplaint@twc.state.tx.us


Filing a Complaint with HUD (Federal)

To file an online complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD"), or to access the HUD complaint form in Spanish, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, or Vietnamese, visit the HUD FHEO page (hud.gov) or contact the Local HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity ("FHEO") office in the State of Texas:


Fort Worth Regional Office of FHEO

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

801 Cherry Street, Unit #45

Suite 2500

Fort Worth, Texas 76102

(817) 978-5900

(800) 669-9777

TTY (817) 978-5595


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION (TWC)

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (TDHCA)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)