We actively support and promote


through education, outreach, and counseling  to ensure that people have the opportunity to provide and obtain housing without discrimination.


Under the Fair Housing Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination, it is illegal to discriminate in the provision of housing based on protected classes. In the State of Washington, protected classes include:

  • Race

  • Color

  • Sex

  • National Origin/Ancestry

  • Citizenship/Immigration Status

  • Religion/Creed

  • Disability

  • Familial Status/Parental Status

  • Marital Status

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Gender Identity

  • Military/Veteran Status

Additional protected classes can be designated by local law at the city and county level.

2021 Rental Assistance Information


Qualified Snohomish County Households may be able to receive one-time assistance for past due rent.


Landlords may choose to assist their tenants by submitting a Rental Assistance Request form to: rentassistance@voaww.org

This form and email address are for landlords only. If you are a tenant seeking assistance, please call 211.

Fair Housing

Education and Counseling

Due to COVID-19, we are no longer offering in person classroom trainings; however, we still offer training through one of the following options:

  • A personalized 1:1 Fair Housing Training by phone lasting approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.

  • Individual 1:1 Fair Housing Training with Powerpoint via Zoom. Training time will include a 15-minute pre-training phone interview, with the Zoom class lasting approximately 45 - 60 minutes.

  • Group Fair Housing Training with Powerpoint via Zoom. Training time includes a 15-minute pre-training phone interview, with Zoom class lasting approximately 45 - 60 minutes.

House Frames

Do You Have Questions About Landlord-Tenant Issues, Laws, or Discrimination?

Download the Landlord-Tenant Brochure that outlines your rights and responsibilities.

 If you are a landlord, tenant, or service provider with questions or concerns, please call the Landlord-Tenant Line or email us, so we can help you problem solve.


Serving Snohomish, Skagit, and Island Counties


425-339-1335 (option 4)




NOTICE: The Dispute Resolution Center does not provide legal services or legal advice.
The information provided is for educational purposes and is not an interpretation of Fair Housing Laws.

File a formal complaint

Volunteers of America Western Washington does not conduct Fair Housing investigations.


Fair Housing complaints must be filed within one (1) year of the alleged harmful act or event.

Contact one of the resources here to learn more about how to proceed with a housing complaint.

Washington State

Human Rights Commission

(360) 753-6770


Northwest Fair

Housing Alliance

1-800-200-FAIR (3247)


Fair Housing Center

of Washington

(253) 274-9523


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

(800) 669-9777