Did you know we have an amazing resource here in Madison that can assist in instances of suspected housing discrimination? The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is available to take complaints or answer questions when you or someone you know or love has been a victim of housing discrimination.
The Federal Fair Housing Act has the following protected classes:
- Race, Color, Sex, National Origin, Religion, Disability/Handicap, and Family/Familial Status.
Wisconsin Open Housing Law includes these additional protected classes:
- Age, Ancestry, Marital Status, Lawful Source of Income, Sexual Orientation, and Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims.
Dane County and the City of Madison have even more additional protected classes:
- Military Discharge Status, Physical Appearance, Political Beliefs, Student Status, Domestic Partnership, Tenant Union Association, Gender Identity, Genetic Identity, Citizenship Status, and Lawful Source of Income.
How do I know if I’ve been discriminated against? (sample situations)
- You are told no housing units are available, but you continue to see ads for the property.
- A housing provider does not return your phone calls.
- An insurance agent tells you your home isn’t eligible for coverage based on its age or value.
Please contact them at:
The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison
600 Williamson Street, Suite L4
Madison, WI 53703
For Questions about housing discrimination contact:
To file a housing discrimination complaint: