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Fair Housing
The City of Porterville is dedicated to protecting the rights of renters and landlords and promoting fair housing choice. We want everyone to know that discrimination in housing is illegal and provide you with the resources you need to resolve issues. The City of Porterville collaborates with Community Services and Employment Training Inc., (CSET), a non-profit organization, to provide information to the public about fair housing. 

For More information, please contact them at CSET at (559) 732-4194 or email .

If you are in need of more information about tenant legal support, housing or other community resource please call 2-1-1 visit their website: 2-1-1 Tulare County

Fair Housing Laws
The Fair Housing Act of 1988 was adopted to safeguard against illegal housing discrimination. The Law protects a person's right to own, sell, purchase, or rent housing of his or her choice without fear of unlawful discrimination. 

Discrimination in housing rental, sales and financing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, source of income, disability or familial status is prohibited by Federal Fair Housing Act and state law Housing Discrimination.

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Americans with Disability Act

Title VI & Section 504 Policy and Grievance Procedure

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil rights Act of 1964, the City of Porterville will not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, or national origin in the provision of its services, activities and programs.

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In accordance with the requirements of Section 504, the City Of Porterville will not discriminate against any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment, in the provision of its services, activities and programs.

Contact Information:    
Porterville City Hall
Attn: Patrice Hildreth, 504 Coordinator
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA  93257
(559) 782-7466
 TTY: (800) 855-7200

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What is Fair Housing?
Fair Housing means that you have the right to live where you choose without fear of discrimination based on your personal characteristics. Federal and state laws prohibit discriminations based on the following characteristics:  discrimination based on the following characteristics: 
Race, Color, Religion, Gender, National Origin, Familial Status (Families with children under 18 years old), Physical and/or Mental Disability, Sexual Orientation, Marital Status, Ancestry, Age, Source of Income, Gender Identity and Gender Expression, Genetic Information or Other Arbitrary Basis

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Common Forms of Housing Discrimination

  • Refusing to rent or sell housing to someone because of their race.
  • Prohibiting children from being outside in common areas or enforcing a curfew that only pertains to children
  • Refusing to do timely repairs for tenants of a particular nationality or religion
  • Using advertisements that express or suggest a rental preference for example, "ideal for single working professionals" or "Jewish only."
  • Harassing a tenant on the basis of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Refusing to rent a second-floor apartment to a family with children.
  • Refusing to allow a tenant with disabilities to have a service animals in his or her unit.
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Housing Related Complaints Received 
This chart represents the Housing related complaints received in the last six months by the City of Porterville on the MyPorterville app. They are reviewed and concerns are addressed by the department which handles the nature of the complaints. If any represent ADA or Fair Housing violations/concerns they are addressed by the Housing division and action or resolution is dependent on the need of each situation. 

Housing Complaints Chart

Reporting Housing Discrimination

Anyone who feels he, she, or they have been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination:
1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free)
1-800-9275 (TTY)
Brochure in English and Spanish
Summit a Claim
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Washington, D.C. 20410

Additional Fair Housing Information

  • Central California Legal Services (CCLS):CCLS is a private, non-profit, public interest law firm established for the purpose of providing free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, organizations and communities. They can provide legal help with Housing, Health, Guardianship, Family Violence, Utilities, Seniors, Employment, and Benefits, Legal Advice and Referral Lines. Please call 1(800)675-8001 or visit for locations and hour of operation.
  • Fair Housing Council of Central California: The Fair Housing Council of Central California is a professional, non-profit, civil rights organization dedicated to the elimination of discrimination in housing and the expansion of housing opportunities for all persons.
  • Department of Fair Employment and Housing - State of California: The Civil Rights Department is the state agency charged with enforcing California's civil rights laws. The mission of the CRD is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, businesses, and state-funded programs, and from bias-motivated violence and human trafficking.

Housing Support Services & Resources

  • City of Porterville Housing Programs: The City has some programs to help low income families buy their first home, rehab their existing home, connect to public utilities or build an ADA exterior ramp for elderly or disabled. Click on this link to take you to the Housing Programs page for more information.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): HUD is the Federal agency that provides housing support and uplifts communities.
  • California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA): Investing in diverse communities with financing programs that help more Californians have a place to call home.
  • California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC): The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) administers the federal and state Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Programs. Both programs were created to promote private investment in affordable rental housing for low-income Californians.
  • Fannie Mae Foundation Homeowners and Renters: Fannie Mae works with lenders and mortgage providers to ensure access to housing finance opportunities at all times and in all markets. Their work furthers their ability to offer affordable mortgage loans to homebuyers and homeowners, such as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, while promoting access to safe, quality housing for renters.
  • U.S. Census Bureau: The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.
  • HUD Foreclosure/Housing Counseling: Housing counseling agencies offer guidance on homebuying, renting, reverse mortgages and default and foreclosure prevention.
  • California Association of Realtors: Serves its membership in developing and promoting programs and services that will enhance the members' freedom and ability to conduct their individual businesses successfully with integrity and competency, and through collective action, to promote the preservation of real property rights.
  • Community Services and Employment Training (CSET): Safe and affordable housing is essential to building healthy families and communities. CSET housing services provide residents with the support they need to prosper and reach self-sufficiency while living in a space of their own. CSET provides services such as Foreclosure Counseling, First Time Home Buyer Education, as well as Energy Assistance, Home Weatherization, Continuum of Care and Water Bill Assistance, in addition to Fair Housing Information.
  • Housing Authority of the County of Tulare: provides rental assistance to very low and moderate-income families, seniors and the handicapped throughout the county. They offer many different programs, including the conventional public housing program, the housing choice voucher program, the farm labor program for families with farm labor income, senior housing programs, and other housing programs. All Housing Authority of the County of Tulare staff members shall adhere to their policy, which is to: Obey all applicable federal, state and local fair housing laws; refrain from discrimination regarding any application for housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, source of income, marital or familial status, national origin, or physical or mental disability (applicants must have capacity to execute a legal contract); and affirmatively promote fair housing. 

California Renter Rights

  • State of California renter rights website: As a tenant, knowing your rights is critical. Under California law, you are protected from certain rent increases and may be protected from certain types of evictions.
  • California Tenants Handbook: What should a tenant do if his or her apartment needs repairs? Can a landlord force a tenant to move? How many days' notice does a tenant have to give a landlord before moving out? Can a landlord raise a tenant’s rent? California Tenants – A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities answers these questions and many others. Click here to download a printable copy of the guide Denotes a PDF document   En Español Denotes a PDF document

Homeless Resources & Information

This site and any information presented here are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The City of Porterville is not responsible for any third-party content that may be accessed through this site. 



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