Fair Housing Plan Update

The Housing and Community Development Department is working to update our Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

This Fair Housing Plan identifies practices that violate the Fair Housing Act and recommends actions the city can take to eliminate housing discrimination and promote fair housing choices for everyone in the community.

We recently conducted a fair housing survey to gather feedback about housing issues and opportunities in Orlando, which will be used to update this plan.

We expect to have a draft of the updated plan completed in April 2024. Community meetings for the updated plan will be scheduled in April, followed by submittal of the plan to Orlando City Council for approval. Please check this page for updates as community meeting information will be posted here when scheduled.

Enacted in 1968, the Fair Housing Act protects people who are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage or seeking housing assistance, from discrimination based on their:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Disability (includes mental or physical impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities)
  • Familial status (includes having a child under 18, having temporary custody or seeking custody of a child under 18, or being pregnant)
  • National origin (includes country of birth and country of ancestry)

In addition to the protections from the Fair Housing Act, Chapter 57 of Orlando City Code also protects residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and marital status.

Executive Order 13988 expands the discrimination protections offered on the basis of sex to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Office of Human Relations promotes equality of opportunity for citizens of Orlando by advocating policies of nondiscrimination and enforcing City and Federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. Please visit orlando.gov/humanrelations for more information.

The Housing and Community Development Department administers local, state and federal funds to plan, develop and implement programs and projects that meet identified needs in the community, such as home ownership, rental and owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, public facilities and improvements and assistance to the homeless and persons with HIV/AIDS. Please visit orlando.gov/housing for more information.