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Fair Housing Services

Advocacy

How to Get Help

If you believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination, please call the fair housing helpline at 1-870-338-9834.

There are two options to address a fair housing violation:

  • File a complaint with HUD or file a complaint with the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission 
    • Note: there is a one-year statute of limitations
  • File a private lawsuit in state or federal court
    • Note: there is a two-year statute of limitations

The Fair Housing Project serves all of Arkansas regardless of income or location. Outside of this project, Legal Aid of Arkansas serves 31 of the 75 counties in Arkansas in priority areas such as family law, consumer issues, bankruptcy or evictions. If you have a civil legal issue that does not involve fair housing, please call the general Legal Aid helpline at 1-800-952-9243 or apply online. Review our eligibility guidelines to see if you qualify for our services or are in our service area.


Testing

Fair housing testing is an investigative tool for gathering evidence on the differences in quality, content, and quantity of information and service given to homeseekers by housing providers. Legal Aid conducts housing tests throughout Arkansas.

You can help stop housing discrimination by becoming a fair housing tester! Individuals from various backgrounds and in all areas of the state are encouraged to become testers. New testers will attend a half-day training where they will learn about housing and civil rights laws, be assigned a tester profile, and complete at least one fair housing test. Once they have applied to become a tester and completed training, they will be contacted periodically throughout the year to run tests. Commitment is flexible. Testers receive payment for one day of training and additional payment for tests completed throughout the year.

Sign up to become a tester or contact the testing coordinator for more information.

Note: No felony or perjury convictions. No real estate agents or landlords.


Education & Outreach

Legal Aid provides a variety of educational and outreach services. Please visit the resources page for fair housing educational materials we have developed.

Below is a list of upcoming fair housing trainings and events. To schedule a free fair housing presentation from Legal Aid at your organization, please email klancaster@arlegalaid.org.

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