The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in the Continental United States

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Key West Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Act

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Key West, Florida
Notice Concerning Fair Housing, Equal Opportunity,
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Fair Housing and Related Laws

Fair Housing Act
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of 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).
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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.

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, known as the Federal Fair Housing Act, stated that discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin was against the law. In 1974, the US 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).
It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin:
  • In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots
  • In advertising the sale or rental of housing
  • In the financing of housing
  • In the provision of real estate brokerage services
  • In the appraisal of housing
  • Blockbusting is also illegal

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 canfile 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 the:

Housing Authority of the City of Key West

Attn: J. Manuel Castillo, Sr.

1400 Kennedy Drive
Key West, Florida 33040

Phone: (305) 296-5621 Fax: (305) 296-0932

If You Think Your Rights Have Been Violated and Wish to Contact HUD or the Florida Commission on Human Relations

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 1-800-669-9777 (Voice) or 1-800-927-9275 (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 at -

http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/topics/housing_discrimination

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: 1-800-342-8170 or 1-800-955-8771 (TDD)

Or the Florida Commission on Human Relations website:http://fchr.state.fl.us

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Section 504 provides that no qualified individual with a disability should, only by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Title II prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services, and activities provided or made available by public entities. HUD enforces Title II when it relates to state and local public housing, housing assistance and housing referrals.

If you feel your rights have been violated in regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, you may submit a complaint to Diane Nicklas, ADA Section 504 Coordinator at 3140 Flagler Avenue, Key West, FL 33040. Telephone number is (305) 809-3951.

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. Telephone number is (305) 809-3714.