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About Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Enforcement Program is a component of the City of Santa Barbara's Community Development Department. As part of the adoption of the City's Housing Element, the Program was established to assist people who believe that they have experienced discrimination in the rental of housing, with an emphasis on discrimination against families with children.

The Fair Housing Enforcement Officer:

  • Investigates Complaints of Discrimination in the rental of housing
  • Provides information/education to tenants and landlords
  • Cases can be referred to the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing or to the City Attorney for civil action.

If you have a complaint, you may download the Fair Housing Complaint Form. You can also view the Housing Discrimination Ordinance

Click here to read the 2012 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

Click here to learn more about Fair Housing laws at the Federal, State and Local level.

As an entitlement jurisdiction for CDBG and HOME funds, the City of Santa Barbara is required to affirmatively further fair housing in accordance with Section 570.904(c) of the CDBG regulations. As part of the Consolidated Plan required by HUD, grantees must submit a certification that requires them to undertake fair housing planning though:

  1. The completion of an analysis of impediments to fair housing (AI)
  2. Actions to eliminate any identified impediments
  3. Maintenance of fair housing records
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016