THE ARKANSAS FAIR HOUSING COMMISSION
The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission (AFHC) 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 throughout the state.
The only state civil rights enforcement Agency in Arkansas, AFHC's mission is to promote equal housing access and eliminate barriers to integrated communities within Arkansas and to provide a statewide education outreach program to ensure access to fair housing information to providers, lenders, and the public at-large.
With Act 1785 of 2001, the Arkansas Legislature declared that, "the 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."
AFHC was created as part of the State's effort to safeguard that right and serves as a venue to redress the public's interest in ensuring accessible housing on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability and familial status.