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The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, declares that it is the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States. The Act prohibits, among other things, discrimination in the sale, rental, and finance of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability.

The City of Salisbury is committed to affirmatively furthering the purposes and policies of the Fair Housing Act within its jurisdiction. As a U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) program participant, the City is committed to take meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation and unequal treatment, reduce racial or ethnic concentrations of poverty, achieve truly balanced and integrated living patterns, promote fair housing choice and access to opportunity, and foster inclusive communities where housing is available regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability, thereby expanding economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life.

On December 5, 2018, Salisbury City Council passed a Resolution of Intent establishing the Fair Housing Committee to be made up of four (4) members of the Human Relations Council; four (4) members of Housing Advocacy Commission; the Salisbury Community Development Corporation Program Director or designee; and seven (7) at-large members with demonstrated interest or experience related to fair housing to be appointed by City Council. It is the intent of City Council that the committee be representative of the community and that it maintains a fair and balanced diversity of perspectives. All members must reside or be employed within the jurisdiction of the City of Salisbury.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

Read The Updated Report & Action Plan Adopted by City Council

On July 16, 2019, Salisbury City Council adopted the 2019 Analysis of Impediments (AI) Report, following a previous report in 2014. The Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice is a process that recipients of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), such as states, local governments, and public housing agencies, undertake as part of their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) under the Fair Housing Act. The report provides recommended goals and activities for the City to consider implementing over the next five years to reduce barriers to housing access and opportunity. Salisbury will continue to be a welcoming community where housing is available regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familiar status, national origin, or disability. Read the report in full below:

Full Report Executive Summary Fair Housing Action Plan

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Anne Little
Human Relations Manager
(704) 638-5218

Fair Housing

You Are Protected from Housing Discrimination

The Fair Housing Act protects you from discrimination when you are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. You may not be denied housing because of your race, color, religion, national origin, gender, familial status (families with children), and/or disability. These are protected classes. If any of the following has happened to you, you may have been illegally denied your right to Fair Housing because of your class membership:

  • You are told a house or apartment is not available when it really is.
  • You are denied the right to rent or buy a house or apartment because you have children, or you are told your family is too large.
  • A landlord refuses to rent to you because you are physically disabled or refuses to make reasonable changes in the lease to enable you to use and enjoy your home comfortably, such as install a wheelchair ramp or widen doorways.
  • Because of your skin color, a bank or other lending institution refuses to lend you money to buy real estate, or the institution changes the requirements for lending you money.
Anyone who has control over residential property must follow the law. This includes rental managers, property owners, real estate agents, landlords, banks, developers, builders, and individual homeowners who are selling or renting their property.

What is Prohibited?

  • False denial of availability: advising someone because of their class membership that there are no available units when, in fact, there are;
  • Refusal to deal: refusing to rent, sell – or even negotiate – with a person because of class membership;
  • Discriminatory terms and conditions and provision of services or facilities: giving less favorite terms in sales or rental agreements because of class membership;
  • Discriminatory advertising: indicating any preference, limitation or discrimination because of class membership;
  • Financial discrimination: denying any type of home loan for discriminatory reasons by lenders, including banks, savings and loan associations, insurance companies, and others, or giving less favorite loan terms because of class membership;
  • Refusal to permit a reasonable modification to the unit at the expense of the person with a disability, in order that the person may not have full enjoyment of the unit;
  • Denial of a reasonable accommodation to the rules and regulations of rental in order that the person with a disability may have equal opportunity to use and fully enjoy their unit.

Disability Rights

People with disabilities have the right to use and enjoy their homes comfortably. The Fair Housing Act and the North Carolina Fair Housing Act both prohibit discrimination against individuals who are disabled or who are associated with people with disabilities. If you or someone associated with you has a physical or mental disability, your landlord may not:

  • Refuse your request to make reasonable modifications to your home, at your expense, that allow you to fully utilize and enjoy your home. Examples of reasonable modifications include:
    • Installing a wheelchair ramp;
    • Installing grab bars in the bathroom;
    • Widening doorways.
  • Refuse your request to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services that allow you to live in a property on an equal basis with people without disabilities. Examples of reasonable accommodations include:
    • Allowing a service or therapy animal, despite a no-pet policy;
    • Allowing a tenant to have a live-in aide who is not on the lease to assist with daily care.

Have You Experienced Housing Discrimination?

If you believe you may have experienced housing discrimination, there are resources available to you. The North Carolina Human Relations Commission investigates fair housing complaints in the State, and Legal Aid of NC offers confidential assistance to victims of housing discrimination.

North Carolina Human Relations Commission
N.C. Department of Administration

Write to:
1318 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1318

Visit in person:
116 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 807-4420, or (866) 324-7474

Report discrimination online at

Legal Aid of North Carolina
Fair Housing Project

Write to:
P.O. Box 26087
Raleigh, NC 27611


More About Fair Housing 2014 Fair Housing Analysis (PDF) 2019 Fair Housing Analysis (PDF) Fair Housing Committee

Housing and Urban Development

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a government agency that oversees home mortgage lending practices and is committed to creating equality in housing by enforcing the Fair Housing Act.

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Salisbury CDC

The Salisbury Community Development Commission (CDC) empowers individuals and families to become self-sufficient through partnerships with other organizations that share common goals and to develop quality, affordable housing in Salisbury.

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Salisbury Housing Authority

Housing Authority of the City of Salisbury is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Salisbury, North Carolina.

(704) 636-1410

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