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Craig Salminen
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Training & Events

In celebration of Fair Housing Month KHRC is sponsoring three fair housing webinars:

April 11-Fair Housing Rules

April 15-Issues for Maintenance Professionals

April 27-Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications

For more information or to register please log into fair-housing-month-webinars









Did you know?

April of each year has been declared Fair Housing month in Kansas.

What We Do:

KHRC seeks to inform housing providers and consumers about fair housing rights and responsibilities, encourage State-funded housing providers to promote fair housing choice, and enlist decision-makers to advance the cause of fair housing.

Discrimination is defined by the Kansas Human Rights Commission as any direct or indirect exclusion, distinction, segregation, limitation, refusal, denial, or any other differentiation or preference in the treatment of a person or persons on account of race or color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, familial status, or disability and/or, but not be limited to, any practice that produces a demonstrable racial or ethnic effect without a valid business purpose.

Who We Help:

Those helped include all Kansans who exercise the right of choice, the right to live where they want to live, to raise a family or own a home in dignity and without fear of discrimination. Apartment dwellers and homeowners, property managers, real estate agents, interest groups, and individuals, all benefit from the educational information and training workshops offered.

How It Works:

The final rule for the Consolidated Plan, issued on January 5, 1995, requires all states and entitlement communities to complete an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice and submit the report to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In response to this mandate, KHRC elicits information from the advisory group which includes Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce), Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

KHRC developed an analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice from a statewide survey conducted in 1996 and last updated in 2014. Subsequently, a Fair Housing Action Plan has been developed to address discrimination and assist in recording and reporting the survey results.

KHRC also attempts to coordinate activities from representatives from Housing and Urban Development, Rural Development, Kansas Department of Commerce, KHRC, KDHE, and representatives from other fair housing organizations across the state to further fair housing choice.

Action Plan

The Fair Housing Action Plan is part of the 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan which addresses the Action Plan, outlines the market inventory, and identifies population need.


The primary responsibility of enforcement is assigned to Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Alleged fair housing discriminatory activities should be addressed to the Fair Housing Enforcement Branch.


Fair Housing construction applies to all buildings with four or more units (some exceptions apply). Property owners of all types and sizes of complexes should strive to meet the accessibility requirements at Federal and Local levels. Complexes built with funds provided or allocated by KHRC should attempt to meet the design specifications in the Architectural Standards Guide.

Monthly Quote

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today it is charging landlords in Beloit, Kansas with violating the Fair Housing Act after allegedly discriminating against a female tenant with disabilities by not renewing her lease, sending her a notice containing discriminatory statements about her disability, and retaliating against her for filing a previous fair housing complaint. Read HUD's charge.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to make housing unavailable to any person because of a disability. It also prohibits retaliating against a person because they filed a fair housing complaint.

"No one should have to deal with the prospect of losing their home because they have a disability or be subjected to retaliation for standing up for their rights," said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "Landlords are required to grant reasonable accommodations when tenants need them and HUD will continue working to ensure that they meet that obligation."

The case came to HUD's attention when the resident, who has a physical disability that substantially limits her ability to walk and sometimes requires the use of a wheelchair, filed a complaint with HUD alleging the Blass Family Trust, owner, and Lois Blass, trustee and property manager, of rental homes in Beloit, Kansas, discriminated against her due to her disability and retaliated for filing a previous fair housing complaint.

Specifically, the resident alleged that the property manager of the single family home she was renting sent her a letter stating that she was a holdover tenant and that she should move to housing "designed for handicapped persons." The letter also stated that the home was "not designed for a handicapped person" and urged her to move out, while tenants at other properties were not given similar notices and were allowed to keep renting month-to-month. The tenant moved out of the rental home and into a less accessible and more costly rental property.

The woman also alleged that the landlord's letter was issued in retaliation for her filing a fair housing complaint against the Blass Family Trust when they refused to allow her to keep her assistance animal. That complaint had resulted in an agreement that had allowed the woman to keep her assistance animal.

The resident elected to have the case heard in federal district court instead of by an administrative law judge. If a judge or jury finds that discrimination has occurred, they may award damages to the woman for the harm caused by the discrimination. Injunctive relief and other equitable relief, as well as payment of attorney fees may be imposed. In federal court, an aggrieved person may also receive punitive damages.

In FY 2015, disability was the most common basis of fair housing complaints filed with HUD and its partner agencies, being cited as a basis for 4,548 complaints, or nearly 55 percent of the overall total.

Read HUD's notice regarding service or companion animals.

People who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to www.hud.gov/fairhousing, or by downloading HUD's free housing discrimination mobile application, which can be accessed through Apple and Android devices.

HUD Launches First Fair Housing App!

HUD's new mobile application will help the public, housing industry learn about fair housing rights and responsibilities. Read more here!



Effectively understand, monitor, and promote Fair Housing.


Fair Housing Laws are a complex set of rules and regulations that affect applicants, tenants, home owners and buyers alike.

Additional Resources

KHRC promote links to other websites for agencies that support fair housing.

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