Aiken County is committed to fair and equal access to housing options for all its residents. Aiken County seeks to reduce housing discrimination and increase the awareness of fair housing laws by providing education, outreach, and technical assistance.
Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any type of housing. Adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1968, the law prohibits discrimination in housing and related transactions on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, and familial status. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides additional information regarding the federal law at "Fair Housing-It's Your Right".
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in mortgage lending. HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal opportunity provides additional information regarding Fair Lending at "Lending Discrimination".
Fair Housing Complaints
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the Fair Housing Act. HUD offers ways to report incidents of housing discrimination. Information on identifying housing bias and a description of the complaint process is available here under "If You think Your Rights Have Been Violated" and "What Happens When You File a Complaint?"
Complaints with HUD may be filed online or at the Atlanta Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Regional Office.
Atlanta Regional Office of FHEO
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Five Points Plaza
40 Marietta Street, 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2806