HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) mission is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse and inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws, to include:
FHEO begins its complaint investigation process shortly after receiving a complaint. You must file your complaint within one year of the last date of the alleged discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. Other civil rights authorities allow for complaints to be filed after one year for good cause, but FHEO recommends filing as soon as possible. Generally, FHEO will either investigate the complaint or refer the complaint to another agency to investigate.
Throughout the investigation, FHEO will make efforts to help the parties reach an agreement. If the complaint cannot be resolved voluntarily by an agreement, FHEO may issue findings from the investigation. If the investigation shows that the law has been violated, HUD or the Department of Justice may take legal action to enforce the law.
When an individual reports possible discrimination, the FHEO first determines whether a formal complaint can be filed under one of the laws subject to enforcement.
At any time, the parties can resolve the complaint under terms that are satisfactory to both parties and HUD.
After a formal complaint is filed, FHEO will investigate the allegations.
Where appropriate, FHEO may take legal action to enforce the law.
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