Fair Housing​

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Information and Resources

Sacramento County is dedicated to protecting the rights of renters and landlords and promoting fair housing choice. We want everyone to know that discrimination in housing is illegal, and provide you with the resources you need to resolve issues.

Fair Housing Laws

Discrimination in housing rental, sales and financing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, source of income, disability or familial status is prohibited by Federal (Fair Housing Act) and State law (Fair Employment and Housing Act).

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The Renters Helpline is a telephone and internet based service provided by SSHH in collaboration with Project Sentinel, and Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC). The Renters Helpline provides telephone counseling and dispute resolution services for Unincorporated Sacramento County, City of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, and Citrus Heights residents. 

​If you believe that you have experienced housing discrimination while trying to rent or buy an apartment or home, call the Renter's Helpline at 916-389-7877 or visit them online at Renter's Helpline​. Representatives at the Renter's Helpline can also help tenants and landlords connect to resources to help with disputes such as, non-payment of rent, failure to follow lease agreement, and repairs needed for the unit. Services are provided Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00 p.m.​

Rental Housing Problems

The County’s Code Enforcement Division opens cases when there is a possible code violation. Property owners responsible for code violations are given the opportunity to correct the situation and comply with current codes without penalty. Common housing code violations include: leaking water, lack of smoke detectors or weather-stripping, extreme unsanitary premises, broken windows, deteriorated fencing, and exposed wiring.

Report a possible code violation on​li​​ne​, ​call 3-1-1 or (916) 875-4311 or e-mail at Sacco311@custhelp.com​​.​

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing ​Choice (AI)​

As a recipient of federal housing and community development funds, Sacramento County is required to conduct an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) every five years.  The Board of Supervisors approved the 2019 AI on October 22, 2019.  The AI identified fair housing barriers and actions that the County will take to overcome historic patterns of segregation​, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination.

Additional Resources ​​​​

Legal Services of Northern California
(916) 551-2150

Sacramento Self Help Housing​ (SSHH):

  • Housing Resources (www.sacselfhelp.org, 916-341-0593)
    In addition to the Renter's Helpline, SSHH also maintains a database of rental costs, policies and vacancies for over 300 housing complexes.  Each month, SSHH staff addresses the housing needs of over 200 people by utilizing this information to make appropriate housing referrals.