About Silver State Fair Housing Council

“We met with a client a couple weeks ago, and after a meeting with him he says, ‘Thank you for giving me hope again.’ I think that’s the activity or the motivation that makes me come back to work every day” – Roberto Ortiz, Director of Programs

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Silver State Fair Housing Council works to ensure equal housing opportunity for all residents of Nevada.

Specifically, SSFHC advocates for fair housing by providing a comprehensive program of outreach, education and enforcement opportunities. By addressing the needs of housing consumers, housing providers and local governments, SSFHC works to break down barriers to equal housing opportunity and build opportunities for community members to relate to each other as neighbors.

At SSFHC, we believe equal housing opportunity is a right, not a privilege, and that housing should be available to all members of our community, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin (ancestry), gender, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Also, any individual act of discrimination diminishes the community as a whole.

SSFHC recognizes its responsibility to the communities it serves and is committed to ensuring equal housing opportunity by:

  • Maintaining an active, inclusive and diverse Board of Trustees, representing and responding to community needs;
  • Maintaining a knowledgeable, professional staff of fair housing advocates to assist community members and housing providers;
  • Conducting community education to assist residents in recognizing and reporting housing discrimination;
  • Conducting quality educational programs for the housing industry-including property managers, owners, Realtors, developers, architects, and lenders-to address housing discrimination issues before they occur;
  • Educating local attorneys about fair housing and maintaining a pool of attorneys to assist clients with fair housing issues;
  • Working with local nonprofit and social service agencies to assist in recognizing and referring housing discrimination claims by their clients; and
  • Providing information and technical assistance to local governments to aid in identifying and eradicating barriers to fair housing.

SSFHC is committed to work toward the day when no community member has to experience the indignity of illegal housing discrimination and all neighborhoods reflect the richness and diversity of the larger community.

History of SSFHC

Founded in 1989, Silver State Fair Housing Council started as Truckee Meadows Fair Housing with a goal of furthering equal housing opportunities for all Nevadans.

At the outset, our organization had a dedicated Board of Trustees with a vision of inclusive communities where people live and interact, getting to know each other as neighbors, not stereotypes. Starting off with a part-time staffer, donated office space and borrowed telephone, Silver State Fair Housing Council has grown beyond the borders of Washoe County to serve all residents of Nevada.

Successful Cases

We’re proud of our track record in combatting illegal housing discrimination. Sometimes, the cases escalate to federal court. Click the links below to read about a few of the cases we’ve successfully resolved for Nevadans.

HUD No. 17-044 (202) 708-0685 FOR RELEASE Wednesday, June 7, 2017 HUD APPROVES AGREEMENT BETWEEN NEVADA FAIR HOUSING GROUP AND LANDLORDS TO RESOLVE COMPLAINTS OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today an agreement between a Nevada fair housing organization and the owner and manager of four […]

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