Federal, State and Local Law makes it illegal to discriminate against any person by refusing to rent, sell or make housing loans because of that person's race, sex, color, national origin, religion, handicap, families with children or ancestry.
Under the Title VIII Fair Housing Law as amended in March 1989, it is illegal to discriminate against persons because of their Handicap or against Families with Children.
The Gary Human Relations Commission Ordinance covers homeowners, tenants, landlords, landowners, real estate agencies, companies, as well as financial and lending institutions and their representatives.
This ordinance covers housing activities within the city limits of Gary.
To be valid, a complaint must be filed with the Gary Human Relations Commission within 1 year of the alleged illegal action.
Title VIII Fair Housing Law Amended, allows for a period of 1 year from the date of the alleged action in which a complaint may be filed.
Is All Housing Covered? Yes!
All real property (home, apartments, lots, etc.) sold or rented with or without a real estate broker, is covered.
Real property sold at auction is covered.
All apartments rented, regardless of the number of units in one building are covered.
Where and How to File a Complaint
Where - Complaints may be filed with the Office of Gary Human Relations Commission located at 504 Broadway, Suite 1016, Gary, Indiana 46402, Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Complaints may be filed with the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) located at 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 353-7776.
The Gary Human Relations Commission Housing Division will assist persons with complaints of discrimination in which said infraction occurred outside the city limits of Gary, and forward completed complaints of the HUD office for processing and investigation.
How to File - Complaint forms must be completed listing your name, address and telephone number. Also the names of persons, agencies, financial or lending institutions committing the alleged act of discrimination must be listed, along with their address and phone number, if said number is known. Also include a brief statement of what happened. If your complaint is being filed through the Gary Human Relations Commisssion Office it must be notarized.
If you are filing a complaint to the HUD office the above listed information must be given, however, it is not necessary for the complaint to be notarized.
It is important to know that under Title VIII Fair Housing Law…you have the legal right to file a complaint with the local agency, the HUD office and also your complaint can be filed in federal court at the same time.
Procedure for the Processing of Your Complaint
Upon receipt of your complaint an investigation known as an Equal Opportunity Specialist is assigned to do a thorough investigation of your allegations.
You will be kept informed of the progress of this investigation and also informed prior to the making of a recommendation as to whether there is sufficient evidence based on factual information gathered during the course of the investigation.
If you disagree with recommendation of the investigator, you have the right to appeal.
In some instance, complaints are settled through negotiated settlement agreement in which both parties agree on mutual terms.
You will receive progress information until such time as your case has been closed.
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