Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


I’m worried my landlord or someone else will do something to me if I report housing discrimination.

It is illegal to retaliate against, harass, or otherwise interfere with your right to pursue a fair housing complaint. Fair Housing is your right; use it.


What does Fair Housing mean?

Fair Housing means housing providers cannot prevent access to housing because of someone’s race, national origin, color, religion, sex, disability status, or familial status (and in West Virginia, your ancestry too).


Does fair housing only apply to rental applications?

No! Discrimination can take place after you’re living somewhere too. If your housing provider (or lender) treats you different than other recipients of service because of your sex, familial status, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, or national origin, let us know.


What can WVFHAN do to help?

WVFHAN can determine if a provider is discriminating and help make a case to the proper authorities.


I have a problem with my landlord, and I’m not sure if it’s discrimination.

Go ahead and fill out our intake form. We will refer you to organizations that can help if you have a housing issue that is not related to discrimination.


Do you offer trainings for housing providers?

We do. Contact our Outreach Coordinator for more information.