Fair Housing Basics
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.