Human Relations - Fair Housing
2005 Fair Housing Proclamations
Fair Housing Impediments StudiesThe County of Greenville and its municipalities (among these, most notably is the City of Greenville) through policy, programs and practices, supports and promotes the objective of fair housing in Greenville County. Both Greenville City and County (through its Redevelopment Authority) have certified that they will affirmatively further fair housing as a condition of receiving federal funds. Read About
Fair HousingSouth Carolina Fair Housing Law makes it unlawful to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.
The Fair Housing Law Covers:
Exception: Housing in which the owner lives and rents no more than two units.
If you believe you have been discriminated against:
Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) GrantThe Equal Greenville Housing Opportunities (EGHO) Program began April 1, 2003 with $85,936 in funding provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentís Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) grant. This program focuses on: outreach to affected populations (including minorities and immigrants), education and outreach to the general public, and promoting the understanding that fair housing is everyoneís business. Read about
Equal Housing OpportunityBuying or Renting, your rights are protected by law in South Carolina.
Discrimination against handicapped persons and families with children is prohibited by law. State law defines handicap as a physical, mental, or emotional disability which substantially limits one or more of the major life activities and to which reasonable accommodations can be made.
Some examples of handicaps are: heart disease; cancer; diabetes; epilepsy; emotional illness; mental retardation; learning disabilities; visual, hearing or speech impairment; paralysis; loss of limbs; cosmetic disfigurement; former drug dependency; and controlled alcoholism.
For a presentation on Housing Accommodations for Disabilities, Click here.
Familial Status"Familial Status" means one or more individuals who have not attained the age of eighteen years and are with: A parent or another person having legal custody of the individual; or
The designee of the parent or another person having custody with the written permission of the parent or other person. The protections afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status apply to any person who is pregnant or in the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of eighteen years.
Toll-Free Hotline for Fair Housing AssistanceIf you feel your rights have been violated, and for information and instructions on how to file a complaint call the Greenville County Human Relations Commissionís local Housing Discrimination Hotline at 1-866-495-3918.
Landlord and Tenant Law in South CarolinaThe law protects house, apartments, and room renters and their landlords. If you live in government assisted housing, you have additional rights to what is found in the landlord and tenant law of South Carolina.
Education - How much do we know?An educational report on Public Awareness of the Nationís Fair Housing Laws prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research.
Public awareness of federal fair housing laws is important to ensuring equal opportunity in housing. However, there is little national documentation of the extent of such awareness. This report attempts to redress this situation by setting forth the results of a systematic survey of the American public on its understanding of the Federal Fair Housing Act. Read More
Complaints & InvestigationsComplaints may be filed by any aggrieved individual or group of individuals, or The Human Relations Commission. The complaint may include a charge of pattern as well as individual practices of discrimination.
The Human Relations Commission accepts complaints of violation of the local, state, and federal laws which define discriminatory practices in:
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