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:
- 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.