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 fair housing rules and regulations.
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."
"Housing discrimination is illegal and denies persons the opportunity to choose their own housing - a fundamental right that should be available to all. The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission was established to help ensure every Arkansan's access to fair and equitable housing. The Commission is dedicated to eradicating housing discrimination in Arkansas"
– Carol Johnson, J.D., M.A., Executive Director, Arkansas Fair Housing Commission