Housing discrimination complaints were up in 2010

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Housing Discrimination Claims Up

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual report for complaints under the Fair Housing Act, finding that almost half the complaints were based on disability discrimination.

The number of discrimination complaints based on disability increased to  4,839 from 4,458 in 2009. Overall, there were 10,155 complaints.

“Our goal is to put an end to unlawful housing discrimination,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, in a news release. “We have made progress in reducing housing discrimination, but more work needs to be done to make ‘fair housing…part of the American way of life,’ as President Johnson said in 1968 when he signed the Fair Housing Act into law.”

The Fair Housing Act, enacted in 1968, prohibits discrimination based on disability, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or familial status in most circumstances related to renting or purchasing a home.