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TOWN OF MANSFIELD

FAIR HOUSING

The Town of Mansfield is committed to ensuring that fair and equal housing opportunities are granted to all persons, in all housing opportunities and development activities funded by the town.  In support of this commitment, the Town has adopted the following:

How to Recognize Housing Discrimination

Housing discrimination is illegal in Connecticut.  Specifically, it is against the law to deny anyone housing because of their race, color, national origin, gender, ancestry, religion, children or family status, mental or physical disability, marital status, age (except minors), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and legal source of income (such as refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers). Groups of people with these characteristics are referred to as “protected classes.”

Examples of discriminatory activities against protected classes include:

  • Refusal to rent to you or sell you housing

  • Telling you housing is unavailable when in fact it is available

  • Showing you apartments or homes only in certain neighborhoods

  • Setting different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling

  • Providing different housing services or facilities

  • Advertising housing to preferred groups of people only

  • Refusing to provide you with information regarding mortgage loans, deny you a mortgage loan, or impose different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan

  • Denying you property insurance

  • Conducting property appraisals in a discriminatory manner

  • Refusing to make reasonable accommodations for persons with a disability if the accommodation may be necessary to afford such person a reasonable and equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling

  • Failing to design and construct housing in an accessible manner

  • Harassing, coercing, intimidating, or interfering with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her Fair Housing Rights

 

Fair Housing Complaints

If you belong to one of the protected classes identified above and have been the victim of housing discrimination, the Mansfield Fair Housing Officer is available to help you navigate the complaint process with the agencies responsible for investigating and resolving housing discrimination complaints.

To get the process started, complete the Mansfield Fair Housing Complaint Form and submit it to:

Patricia R. Schneider
Mansfield Fair Housing Officer
c/o Human Services Department
Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building
4 South Eagleville Road
Mansfield, Connecticut 06268

For more information or to make an appointment with the Fair Housing Officer, email humanserv@mansfieldct.org or call 860.429.3315.

 

Other Housing Complaints

In addition to services provided by the Fair Housing Officer with regard to housing discrimination, the Mansfield Department of Building and Housing Inspection investigates complaints related to condition of rental housing and violations of the Town’s minimum housing code.  If you are renting a housing unit and believe that it is not being maintained in accordance with minimum requirements, complete and submit the Department of Building and Housing Inspection Complaint Form. For more information on minimum housing requirements, please review the Guide to Housing Code Enforcement. You may also contact the Department of Building and Housing Inspection via email at BldgDept@mansfieldct.org or by telephone at 860.487.4440.

 

Fair Housing Resources and Links