Key West Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Act
The City of Key West promotes equal opportunity in housing and is an equal opportunity employer. If you are an employee of the City of Key West and feel your rights have been violated, you may submit a complaint to Samantha Farist, Human Resources Director at 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, or call 305-809-3716.
Amended Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing, of dwellings and other housing-related transactions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability). Click here to view more about the Fair Housing Act.
The City of Key West Code of Ordinances, Chapter 38, created the Fair Housing Board and designated the Key West Housing Authority with responsibilities to implement the Fair Housing Law policies and ensure its practice. In 1974, the U.S. Congress also prohibited discrimination based on sex. In 1988, an amendment to the law prohibited discrimination against disabled persons and families with children and protection for victims of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Ways It Is Illegal to Discriminate
It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin:
- Blockbusting is illegal
- In advertising the sale or rental of housing
- In the appraisal of housing
- In the financing of housing
- In the provision of real estate brokerage services
- In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots
Fair Housing Complaint
Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have attempted to buy or rent a home or apartment and believe your rights were violated, you can file a Fair Housing Complaint. All residents have been notified any complaints regarding a discriminatory action under one of the above requirements may be filed with:
Housing Authority of the City of Key West
Attn: Lee-Ann Broadbent
1400 Kennedy Drive
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: (305) 296-5621
The Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. You can contact the Housing Discrimination Hotline at (800) 669-9777 (Voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).
HUD is ready to help with any problem of housing discrimination. If you believe your rights were violated, the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form is available on the HUD website to download, complete, return, or complete online and submit. You may write HUD a letter or telephone the HUD Office nearest you. One year after an alleged violation, you have to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible.
Florida Commission on Human Relations
Anyone who feels they are a victim of discrimination may file a complaint of housing discrimination to the Florida Commission on Human Relations by calling (800) 342-8170 or (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations website.