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Fair Housing Rights

Federal and state fair housing laws make it illegal to discriminate in housing based on the following protected classes:

  • Race – A person’s race or the race of persons with whom one associates.
  • Color – A person’s skin color.
  • Sex – A person’s sex, including sexual harassment or intimidation.
  • National Origin/Ancestry – The country of one’s birth and/or the nationality of one’s ancestors.
  • Religion – A person’s religious beliefs or denominational affiliation.
  • Disability/Handicap – A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Family/Familial Status – Household composition, including the presence of children.
  • Age – Persons 18 years of age and older.
  • Marital Status – Married, single, divorced, widowed or separated.
  • Lawful Source of Income – A person’s legal means of income, including such subsidized forms as Social Security, Food Stamps, Unemployment Compensation, etc.
  • Sexual Orientation – Heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. 
  • Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims – Persons who have been or are victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking.

Service Locations

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council’s primary service areas are described below. They conduct out-of-service area activities as well, so if you have a fair housing concern elsewhere in the state, please don’t hesitate to call their toll-free statewide complaint intake line, 1-877-647-FAIR (3247).

Metropolitan Milwaukee  Picture of Wisconsin Service Locaitons

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council’s headquarters has been located in Milwaukee since 1977.  The southeast Wisconsin service area includes Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
759 N. Milwaukee Street, Suite 500
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-278-1240
Fax: 414-278-8033
Toll-free statewide complaint intake line: 1-877-647-FAIR (3247),
[for use outside the 414 area code]

Related Links

Local and statewide organizations serving a variety of housing needs:

Access to Independence (Madison)

Community Advocates, Inc. (Milwaukee)

Disability Rights Wisconsin

IndependenceFirst (Milwaukee)

Options for Independent Living (Green Bay)

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee

Tenant Resource Center

National nonprofit organizations working on fair housing, fair lending and affordable housing advocacy:

Center for Responsible Lending

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

National Fair Housing Advocate Online

National Fair Housing Alliance

State and federal government resources on housing and lending issues:

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development