Key West Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Act

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing Equal Housing Opportunityof dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability). View more about the Fair Housing Act.

The City of Key West Code of Ordinances, Chapter 38, created the Fair Housing Board and designated the Key West Housing Authority with responsibilities to implement the policies of the Fair Housing Law and to ensure its practice. In 1974, the U.S. Congress also prohibited discrimination based on sex; and in 1988 the law was amended to prohibit discrimination against handicapped persons and families with children as well as protection to victims of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Ways It Is Illegal to Discriminate

It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin:

  • Blockbusting is also illegal
  • In advertising the sale or rental of housing
  • In the appraisal of housing
  • In the financing of housing
  • In the provision of real estate brokerage services
  • In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots

Fair Housing Complaint

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a Fair Housing Complaint. All residents are hereby notified, that any complaints regarding a discriminatory action under one of the above requirements may be filed with:


Housing Authority of the City of Key West
Attention: J. Manuel Castillo, Sr.
1400 Kennedy Drive
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: (305) 296-5621
Fax: (305) 296-0932

Right Have Been Violated

The Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. You can contact the Housing Discrimination Hotline at (800) 669-9777 (Voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

HUD is ready to help with any problem of housing discrimination. If you think your rights have been violated, the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form is available on the HUD website for you to download, complete and return, or complete online and submit, or you may write HUD a letter, or telephone the HUD Office nearest you. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible.

Florida Commission on Human Relations

Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination to the Florida Commission on Human Relations by calling (800) 342-8170 or (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations website.

Equal Opportunity

The City of Key West promotes equal opportunity in housing and is an equal opportunity employer. If you are an employee of the City of Key West and you feel your rights have been violated, you may submit a complaint to Samantha Farist, Human Resources Director at 1300 White Street, Key West Florida, 33040. The telephone number is (305) 809-3714.