"It is the public policy of this state to secure for persons in this state, freedom from discrimination…in housing and real property because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, and familial status…. Such discrimination threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of this state and menaces the institutions and foundations of democracy."
Minnesota Human Rights Act

Why Fair Housing Matters

If all Minnesotans can choose to live in homes where they are safe and healthy and have access to jobs, good schools, cultural amenities, all

Minnesotans are better educated, more cooperative, and more productive. They can start successful businesses and contribute to Minnesota's

cultural and social well-being. Restricted choice and segregated housing only holds Minnesota back.

Public agencies, like anyone else, are required to follow federal and state fair housing laws. Additionally, many agencies, cities or other municipalities who receive federal funding are required to do more than just follow the law. They are required to affirmatively further fair housing.

But what does this mean???

Public agencies' fair housing work should consist of:
• eliminating intentional discrimination;
• undoing the effects of past segregation; and
• counter-acting practices and policies that may unintentionally lead to restrictions in housing choices and perpetuate segregated housing.

Suggestions and guidance on different ways that agencies can fulfill their fair housing obligations are in the links below.




Minnesota Housing Finance AgencyHUDMet CouncilSMRLSMid Minnesota Legal AidState Support