Although it is illegal to deny someone housing based on their disability, recent reports from the National Fair Housing Alliance are suggesting that this discrimination is very common all across the country. Around 44% of complaints of housing discrimination last year were based on disability, which is more than were filed based on sex, family status, race or any other protected class.
Shanna Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance stated, “It is a travesty that we still see so much discrimination in our country more than 40 years after that passage of the Fair Housing Act. No one profits when potential homebuyers or renters are turned away, not because of their ability to purchase or pay, but because of their national origin, skin color, sex, religion, familial status or because of a disability.”
According to Disability Scoop, more then 27,000 housing discrimination complaints were filed across the country last year. About half of those were based on disability. This may be because the discrimination towards those with disabilities is often times more overt. It may also be due to federal and local outreach efforts assisting those with disabilities creating an increased number of complaints as opposed to other protected groups.