State and Federal Housing laws prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on protected classes, such as race, religion, national origin, family status, disability, sexual preference, source of income, or any arbitrary status. 

For more information, check out the History of Fair Housing

Want to Test Your Fair Housing Knowledge?  Take this Quiz:     English     Spanish

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing 

As a recipient of federal funds to administer housing and community development programs, the City of Encinitas must affirmatively further fair housing.

Fair Housing Services

Equal access to housing is everyone's right. To assist in the effort to affirmatively further fair housing, the City of Encinitas has contracted with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD) to provide fair housing services for Encinitas residents at no cost. LASSD helps tenants and home buyers identify if they have been discriminated against. They also provide education and guidance to property owners and managers on fair housing-related issues. If you think you are a victim of housing-related discrimination or would like more information about fair housing, please contact the Legal Aid Society at (844) 449-3500.

Analysis of Impediments

The City is required to complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) every five years. The AI is a review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice. The report provides a demographic profile of the County, assesses housing needs of specific income groups, and evaluates housing opportunities available for residents. While this report assesses the nature and extent of housing discrimination, it also focuses on developing solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments. The City of Encinitas, is one of thirteen jurisdictional members of the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing (SDRAFFH) that participates in the completion of a regional AI. The group completed the FY 2015-20 Analysis of Impediments in May 2015. The Encinitas City Council approved the FY 2015-20 AI at a public meeting on May 13, 2015. The entire document can be viewed here: San Diego County - Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2015-20 or at the Development Services Department during business hours.

Housing Discrimination in Our Community

“Fair Housing” laws prohibit discrimination in all aspects of housing, including home sales, rentals, housing policies and financing. Each resident is entitled to equal access to housing opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability/medical conditions, familial status, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, source of income, or any other arbitrary reason.

Be a part of reducing housing discrimination in our community! The San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing is conducting outreach on behalf of all the participating Cities including unincorporated San Diego County. We want to hear about your experiences with housing discrimination issues and concerns. 

Please fill out an anonymous survey in English or SpanishYour participation and input are important to fair housing in our community!

Fair Housing Training for Housing Providers

Join for a free 2 hour webinar to better understand your rights and responsibilities as housing providers. Learn more about the newest updates to Fair Housing Laws including source of income protections, overview of AB 1482 Rent Cap/Just Cause Laws, and new Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) regulations. Presented by the Fair Housing Center of the Legal Aid Society, Inc.

April 23, 2020 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Register here.

5th Annual Fair Housing Conference

In response to the increasing challenges posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus), the SDRAFFH Fair Housing Conference, originally slated for April 2, 2020, has been postponed to Tuesday, May 19th and will be held virtually via webinar.

Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), will deliver a presentation and challenge participants to look at fair housing and the cross-over issues and opportunities related to technology.

Join fair housing practitioners, policy makers, housing advocates and developers, community leaders, and top experts in discussing and exploring fair housing discrimination issues and solutions to improving our communities. 

When: Tuesday, May 19th, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Where: This free event will be held online via webinar. Registrants will be sent a link.

Registration is now open. 

Additional Resources

California Department of Housing and Community Development
California Department of Consumer Affairs
HUD – Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Office (800) 669-9777
Department of Fair Employment and Housing (800) 884-1684