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Fair Housing

It is the policy of Minnesota Housing to affirmatively further fair housing in all its programs so that individuals of similar income levels have equal access to Minnesota Housing programs, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, familial status, gender identity or sexual orientation.  Minnesota Housing's fair housing policy incorporates the requirements of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988, as well as the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Fair Housing Resources for Minnesota Housing Multifamily Assisted Developments

Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan (AFHMP)

Tenant Selection Plan Guidance

Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, signed into law in March of 2013, expanded housing protections to programs beyond the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) public housing program and HUD’s tenant-based and project-based Section 8 programs that were covered by the Reauthorization of VAWA in 2005. Additionally, the 2013 law provides enhanced protections and options for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. HUD issued VAWA regulations in November 2016 that affect Minnesota Housing programs such as HOME, National Housing Trust Fund, Section 8, Section 811 PRA, and Section 236.

IRS has not issued implementation guidance for section 42.  Please review section 5.14 of the Housing Tax Credit Compliance Manual for Minnesota Housing’s recommendations on implementing VAWA in tax credit properties.

Forms and Notification Requirements:  HUD has required certain forms and notifications for applicants and tenants to comply with the VAWA final rule and has posted these and additional resources on its VAWA Web Page.  Minnesota Housing has drafted a VAWA Guidance Summary to work in tandem with the VAWA Final Rule and assist owners and agents with implementing and complying with these regulations.

Guidance Summary

Lease Addendum: HUD developed a VAWA lease addendum and it has not been updated to reflect the newer regulations. Until that addendum is updated, Minnesota Housing will require additional attachment to the addendum for HOME and National Housing Trust Fund.

Emergency Transfer Plan (ETP):  Emergency Transfer Plans are a new requirement under the VAWA Final Rule.  Additional details can be found in the VAWA Final Rule and Minnesota Housing VAWA Guidance Summary.

  • HUD Multifamily Programs:  For HUD Multifamily covered programs such as Section 8 and Section 236, HUD provides a model form for Owners and Agents to use to develop this plan.  Please access the model ETP on HUD Clips at www.hud.gov.  The form number is 5381.
  • HUD CPD Programs:  For HOME, NHTF and Section 811 PRA, HUD requires the grantee/Participating Jurisdiction (Minnesota Housing) develop an Emergency Transfer Plan.

State of Minnesota Fair Housing Planning

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) is completed in cooperation with other state agencies, Department of Employment and Economic Development and Department of Human Services, as part of the consolidated planning process for housing and community development (Consolidated Plan). Annual updates and a summary of actions the state has taken are included in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

The 2018 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing was adopted in September 2018. 

General Fair Housing and Tenant Right Resources

These resources are provided for informational purposes only.  Minnesota Housing does not endorse these organizations and is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the following web sites.

FairHousingMN.org Resource Guide

Fair Housing and Tenant Rights

Home Line Tenant Hotline 
612.728.5767
toll-free: 866.866.3546
 
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
651.539.1100
TDD: 651.296.1283
toll-free: 800.657.3704
 
HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
toll-free: 800.225.5342
TDD: 800.877.8339
 
Minnesota Attorney General's Office
651.296.3353
toll-free: 800.657.3787
TDD: 800.366.4812

Legal Services

 
Minneapolis Office
430 1st Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612.334.5970
TDD: 612.332.4668
 
St. Cloud Office
110 Sixth Avenue South Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56301
toll-free: 888.360.2889
TDD: 800.292.4150
 
415 SW 7 th Street
P.O. Box 1866
Willmar, MN 56201
toll-free: 888.360.3666
TDD: 800.292.4150
 
To locate your proper office visit http://mylegalaid.org/get-help and choose your county.

Enforcement

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
350 South 5th Street, Suite 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612.673.3012
TDD: 612.673.2157
 
Saint Paul Department of Human Rights
240 City Hall
15 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102
651.266.8966
TDD: 651.266.8977
 
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
651.539.1100
toll-free: 800.657.3704
TDD: 800.657.3704

Community Education

League of MN Human Rights Commissions
4100 Lakeview Avenue North
Robbinsdale, MN 55442
763.535.1051

Predatory Lending

Housing Access Center
206 West 4th Street, Room 201
Duluth, MN 55806
218.722.6808

Resources for Housing Providers

John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Center

National Fair Housing Advocate

HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Bazelon Center

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition

National Housing Law Project

Technical Assistance Collaborative (resources for people with disabilities)

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST

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