The Fair Housing Act
The Federal Housing Act (FHA) is the primary source of proctection against housing discrimination. It was originally enacted as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 ( Pub. L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241). It is codified as 42 U.S.C. §3610 et seq. of the the United State Code. The last major amendment to the FHA was enacted in 1998, Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-430, 102 Stat.1619).The annotated versions of the code additionally provide helpful case citations and references to secondary sources.
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell provides a codified version of the Fair Housing Act as well as other resources. Free public website.
You may download or read online the text or PDF copies of the United States Code: Fair Housing.
Legislative History of the Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act has been amended a number of times since its initial enactment. The law originally only prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. The Act was amended in 1974 to include the prohibition against sex discrimination in the realm of housing. In 1988 the act was further amended to include the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of physical or mental handicap as well as on the basis of familial status.
- The National Fair Housing Advocate Online provides a useful list of legislative history documents covering the original law as well as the subsequent amendments. Free public website.
About this guide
This guide lists resources covering Fair Housing Law which are available to the public and Huntsville-Madison County Public Library patrons. These resources have been selected for their accessibility to the lay person. More technical and legal texts may be obtained from local University libraries or the Elbert Parsons Law Library on the East Side of the Square in downtown Huntsville.
Thanks go to the John Marshall Law School and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for help with this guide.