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Programs and Services

Complaint Investigation
The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio conducts preliminary investigations of housing discrimination complaints in the areas of rental housing, real estate sales, mortgage lending, and homeowner’s insurance practices. This preliminary investigation may consist of Council staff interviewing witnesses, surveying tenants, monitoring advertising, conducting research, and/or coordinating tests to identify discriminatory housing practices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and/or familial status. In addition, Council staff will attempt to conciliate the matter between the parties involved during the course of this investigation.

To file a housing discrimination complaint, please call the Council to complete a complaint intake during the Council’s normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A complaint intake can also be done in person by appointment only. There are no fees for consumers and consumers can remain anonymous—not give their name.

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Testing Program
Testing, one of the investigative tools available to the Council, has proven to be a highly effective method of identifying unlawful housing discrimination in rental housing, real estate sale, mortgage lending, and homeowners’ insurance. Testing is a controlled process whereby pairs of trained individuals (called testers) who differ in one key characteristic (race, national origin, sex, disability, etc.) visit housing providers, pose as prospective renters or homebuyers, inquire about available housing or financing, and then objectively report on their experiences. The Council’s staff then compares the reported experiences of the individuals in each testing pair to determine whether discriminatory treatment has occurred. The testing reports are evidence that may then be used to substantiate a consumer’s housing discrimination complaint.

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Victim Advocacy
The Fair Housing Council helps victims of housing discrimination file administrative housing discrimination complaints with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or pursue civil court remedies. The deadline for filing a federal administrative complaint with HUD is one (1) year from the date of the last discriminatory incident while the deadline to file a civil lawsuit is two (2) years from the date of the last discriminatory incident.

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South Texas Fair Housing Project
With funding under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program, the Council has expanded its service area beyond Bexar County to include the following South Texas counties:

♦ Atascosa ♦ Duval ♦ Hidalgo ♦ Kerr ♦ McMullen ♦ Val Verde
♦ Bandera ♦ Edwards ♦ Jim Hogg ♦ Kinney ♦ Medina ♦ Webb
♦ Brooks ♦ Frio ♦ Jim Wells ♦ Kleberg ♦ Nueces ♦ Willacy
♦ Cameron ♦ Gillespie ♦ Karnes ♦ La Salle ♦ Real ♦ Wilson
♦ Comal ♦ Gonzales ♦ Kendall ♦ Live Oak ♦ Starr ♦ Zapata
♦ Dimmit ♦ Guadalupe ♦ Kenedy ♦ Maverick ♦ Uvalde ♦ Zavala

The Council’s programs and services, such as complaint investigation, testing, advocacy, and education & outreach are available to consumers living in this South Texas service area. To file a complaint, request a fair housing presentation, and/or just ask questions about your rights, contact our San Antonio office at (210) 733-3247 or toll-free at (866) 733-4953.

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The Directory of Accessible Housing
The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio (FHCOGSA), in partnership with Making Housing Accessible, a program of The Enterprise Foundation, has created The Directory of Accessible Housing. Funded through a grant from The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, The Directory enables the elderly and people with disabilities to find suitable rental housing in San Antonio and/or Bexar County. The Directory provides information about accessible units, eligibility criteria, price ranges, amenities, school districts, nearby businesses, etc. for apartment complexes and/or housing facilities in San Antonio and Bexar County.

In determining an apartment complex and/or housing facility’s eligibility for inclusion in The Directory of Accessible Housing, the Fair Housing Council considered whether the complex/facility had wheelchair accessible dwelling units, whether the complex/facility provided housing targeted for the elderly and/or people with disabilities, and whether the complex/facility participated in any housing assistance programs funded by the local, state, or federal government.

Visit to search for housing that meets your needs, to learn about laws dealing with accessibility in housing, or to add your apartment complex and/or housing facility to The Directory of Accessible Housing.

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Education and Outreach
Although the majority of the Fair Housing Council’s work is focused on fair housing investigation and enforcement, the Council also provides presentations on fair housing issues to housing consumers, housing providers, community groups, tenants’ associations, advocacy groups, social service agencies, and the general public.

In addition, the Council participates in community fairs, tenant association meetings, housing task force meetings, etc. because it is committed to educating housing consumers about how to recognize and report housing discrimination. In addition, the Council aims to prevent harmful and unlawful discrimination by educating housing providers as to the nature and meaning of the fair housing laws.

If you are interested in having the Council conduct a fair housing presentation to your staff, tenants, and/or clientele, please feel free to contact Stephanie D. Hernandez, FHCOGSA’s Intake Specialist, at (210) 733-3247 or toll-free at (866) 733-4953.

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TDHCA Approved Fair Housing Training
Under the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) Housing Tax Credit Program Qualified Allocation Plan and Rules, the owner and the architect for all awarded developments must attend fair housing training. The training is intended to provide the owner and architect with information on both the design aspects of developing rental housing that is consistent with fair housing, as well as, occupancy and leasing issues. TDHCA also encourages awardees of all rental housing funds to attend these trainings.

While TDHCA does not offer the training, it does provide a listing of approved fair housing training providers, one of which is the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio. Please contact our office to find out about upcoming fair housing training sessions and fees.

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Press Releases

Press Release
April 28, 2017

San Antonio Fair Housing Organization Files Federal Lawsuit Against Local Landlords

On April 28, 2017, the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio (“FHCOGSA”) filed a federal housing discrimination lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Western District of Texas against Ana and Michael Litofsky, who, based on FHCOGSA’s investigation, own and manage hundreds of properties in the San Antonio-area. The lawsuit alleges that Ana and Michael Litofsky refused to show or rent available housing units to prospective tenants who indicated that they had children. The federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of familial status.

FHCOGSA is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting fair housing and eliminating discriminatory housing practices. Beginning in early 2015, FHCOGSA received complaints that Ana and Michael Litofsky had discriminated against a number of individuals for a variety of reasons, including by refusing to rent housing to families with children. In response to these complaints, FHCOGSA conducted testing in which it instructed individuals posing as prospective tenants—both with children and without—to contact properties owned by Ana and Michael Litofsky to inquire about rental housing. FHCOGSA’s testing confirmed that Ana and Michael Litofsky discriminate against families with children by refusing to show or rent housing to them. In a related investigation by the Texas Workforce Commission—Civil Rights Division (“TWCCRD”), Defendants admitted that they had refused to rent housing to individuals because they had children, including one instance in which they admittedly denied a tenant’s application because one of the children in the household used a wheelchair. Based upon FHCOGSA’s testing, and its own investigation, TWCCRD has already found that there is reasonable cause to believe that Ana and Michael Litofsky discriminated on the basis of familial status.

The Complaint further alleges that Defendants falsely represented that housing was unavailable to families with children and made discriminatory statements regarding their refusal to rent to families with children, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. Regarding the lawsuit, Sandra Tamez, the Executive Director of the FHCOGSA, stated that “we have filed this lawsuit to ensure that San Antonio housing providers meet their obligation to treat all applicants the same and to prevent other families from being denied the opportunity to rent a home of their choice just because they have children.”

The FHCOGSA is represented by Relman, Dane & Colfax, a civil rights firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.

For further information, contact:

Sandra Tamez, FHCOGSA (210) 733-3247, ext. 104
Reed Colfax, Relman, Dane & Colfax (505) 983-1601

The work that provided the basis for this investigation was supported, in part, by funding under a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The authors and publishers are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this press release. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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Upcoming Events


The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio is conducting a Fair Housing Training in San Antonio, Texas and waiving the training fee for staff of social service agencies, non-profit groups, and tenant advocacy groups. This training will cover the fair housing rights of people with disabilities and how to make housing accessible through reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications.

DATE:  Thursday, April 23, 2015
TIME:  1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Goliad Building at Brass Professional Center (business park)
ADDRESS:  4203 Woodcock Drive, 1st Floor Conference Room #110, San Antonio, Texas 78228


Please note that seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  So register today.

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