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Fair Housing

We actively support and promote fair housing through education, outreach, and counseling  to ensure that people have the opportunity to provide and obtain housing without discrimination.

Renter Certification & Fair Housing Training

Learn more about renter and landlord rights & responsibilities and how to boost your rental résumé in one of our free classes led by a renter certification specialist.

Note: You do not have to register to attend class. Registration is optional.

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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.

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.

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

Learn more about 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

Call | 425-339-1335 (option 4)

Email | ltinfo@voaww.org

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 to learn more about how to proceed with a housing complaint.

Washington State Human Rights Commission

(360) 753-6770  |  www.hum.wa.gov

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance

1-800-200-FAIR (3247)  |  www.nwfairhouse.org

Fair Housing Center of Washington

(253) 274-9523  |  www.fhcwashington.org

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

(800) 669-9777  |  www.hud.gov

Informational Resources

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ERPP Concluded as of 6/30/2023

Dear Community Members,

We write to you today with an important update regarding the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP). Since its inception, ERPP has been instrumental in serving the community and fostering important resolutions. We appreciate the unwavering commitment from each participant in making this program a success.

Please be informed that as of June 30, 2023, the ERPP has officially concluded.

While this signifies the end of one successful chapter, it does not mean an end to our mission. We remain committed to providing continuous support to those who need it most and encourage everyone to explore the variety of other options that are available.

To aid your transition, we have compiled a comprehensive flyer detailing other programs and services that will be available to you. To access this flyer and learn more about the exciting opportunities that lie ahead, click the Resources Flyer button below.

Our dedicated team is always available to assist you with any questions or to provide further information. Please feel free to reach out to us via our RHMS Portal at any time.

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