Arkansas Fair Housing Commission
The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission is a quasi‐judicial, regulatory, enforcement agency that works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce federal and state fair housing and fair lending laws.
With Act 1785 of 2001, the Arkansas Legislature declared that, "[t]he opportunity to obtain housing and other real estate without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status… is recognized and declared to be a civil right." The Arkansas General Assembly further recognized that, "the right to seek housing underlies the general public's ability to secure health, safety and welfare; and seeks with this act to protect the public's access to fair housing."
The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission will tour Arkansas this summer to perform a housing needs assessment to help address the housing needs of the State's nearly 3 million residents. The AFHC Four Corners Tour is part of an initiative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is designed to share and gather information on statewide fair housing and fair lending issues, affordable housing, accessible housing and will explore how to create and maintain sustainable neighborhoods. Additionally, this tour will share information on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing new rule and discuss its impact on the state and municipalities operating within the state.
The AFHC Four Corners Tour opens on July 21, 2014, and will target key cities throughout the state. The tour will consist of a series of town hall meetings which will incorporate the general public in those cities and the surrounding towns. The tour is scheduled to begin in Northeast Arkansas with a town hall meeting in Searcy.
Your participation is needed and will help underscore the importance of a concerted effort to positively impact the state's housing needs. We invite you to take an active role in ensuring that neighborhoods in our communities become and remain strong.
To see the upcoming town hall meeting locations and information please click here.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity administers federal laws and establishes national policies that ensure that all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.
The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity implements and enforces the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.