Programs and Services
The Metropolitan Fair Housing Council offers two basic programs:
- Client services to alleged victims of housing discrimination, and
- Fair Housing and fair lending education and outreach to consumers, public and private social service, community, faith-based organizations, attorneys and members of the housing industry.
1. CLIENT SERVICES:
||Fair Housing Counseling|
|MFHC counselors help individuals determine whether housing discrimination has occurred and helps victims learn their fair housing rights, remedies and options under the Fair Housing Act. |
||Investigation and Testing |
|MFHC counselors investigate the complaint by gathering evidence to support the victim’s allegation of housing discrimination. MFHC uses a method of evidence gathering called "testing" which documents a housing provider’s rental, sales, lending, insurance or appraisal practices. This information is forwarded to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity when the Housing Discrimination Complaint is filed on behalf of the alleged victim. MFHC maintains a corps of trained, volunteer testers who gather evidence on housing practices. |
||Complaint Referral |
|MFHC counselors assist victims of housing discrimination in filing their complaint with the
Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for enforcement remedies under the Federal Fair Housing Act. MFHC serves as the victim’s fair housing advocate throughout the HUD enforcement, investigative and complaint resolution process. If you or someone you know feel you have experienced housing discrimination and want to file a fair housing complaint, contact us. |
| ||Mediation Services |
|MFHC counselors work to educate housing providers and renters on fair housing and renter’s rights in
an effort to create a clear understanding of responsibilities between conflicting parties to prevent
homelessness and promote equal housing opportunity. |
|| Legal Referral |
| If counseling and mediation fail, or if the housing complaint merits legal action, MFHC may refer the complaint for legal representation to an MFHC Cooperating Attorney at no cost to the complainant. |
2. FAIR HOUSING/FAIR LENDING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES:
MFHC provides Fair Housing Educational and Outreach services throughout Oklahoma, including fair housing and fair lending training and educational seminars directed toward individual consumers, the general public, first-time homebuyers, housing providers, public and private organizations and potential victims of housing discrimination to insure equal housing opportunity in Oklahoma.
Our MFHC Board of Directors and staff work to develop fair housing partnerships with groups and organizations having an interest in civil rights and equal housing opportunity in Oklahoma.
If your group or organization is interested in participating in free fair housing/fair lending training, contact us.