Fair Housing Board
The Fair Housing Board is a resource to help you understand the federal, state, and local laws as they pertain to fair housing. The Board is made up of seven citizens appointed by City Council whose mission it is to educate and expand the knowledge, understanding, and aspirations of all Roanoke citizens to receive fair and equal housing choices. This is accomplished through various outreach and educational opportunities that bring awareness to national, state, and local fair housing laws. The laws prohibiting housing discrimination are based on the following:
- National Origin
- Familial Status (families with children under age 18)
- Elderliness (age 55 or older)
- Source of Funds
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Veteran Status
Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act covers most housing transactions including rentals, home sales, advertising, mortgage lending, home improvements, and zoning activities, but only if one is discriminated on the basis of one of the following protected classes as defined by federal, state, and /or local law, as follows:
- Familial Status
- National Origin
- The City of Roanoke law adds Age and Marital Status
- The Commonwealth of Virginia law adds Elderliness
Fair Housing Ordinance
The City of Roanoke's Fair Housing Ordinance was adopted October 1, 2007.
The Virginia Fair Housing Office provides additional information regarding:
- Fair Housing Advertising
- Fair Housing Consumers
- Fair Housing Law and Regulations
- Fair Housing Providers
- Filing a Complaint
- Protected Classes
- Training Seminars Schedule
File a Fair Housing Complaint with the Virginia Fair Housing Office.
Other Information Resources
Fair Housing Board Meetings
Location: 215 Church Avenue S.W.
Room 309 North
Roanoke, VA 24011
The regular meeting dates are the third Tuesday of each month at 4PM.