FAIR HOUSING

The Escambia-Pensacola Human Relations Commission, under the guidelines of its goals and agency mandate as established by its Interlocal Agreement will receive and seek to resolve complaints of discrimination and/or unfair treatment in the employment and housing sectors. The Commission acts as a mediator, encouraging a resolution of issues and was created to promote fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Pensacola/Escambia County citizens regardless of race or color, sex (gender), religion, age, national origin, military status, marital status or disability. To this end, the EPHRC provides the following services to the citizens of Escambia County and the City of Pensacola.

Any person(s) who willfully violates the provisions of the City of Pensacola Fair Housing Ordinance #51-80; #60-82 and Escambia County Fair Housing Ordinance #85-26 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree and punishable as provided in SS775.082 or 775.038 Florida Statutes or both.

In The Areas Of Fair Housing

The Escambia Pensacola Human Relations Commission will:

Administer Fair Housing Ordinances that declare to be the policy of the City of Pensacola  and Escambia County, to ensure equal opportunity to obtain adequate housing by all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, place of birth, age (provided the person has the capacity to contract), marital status, ancestry, military status or physical disability and, to that end, to prohibit and eliminate discrimination in housing by any person.
                                        Additionally …
Backed by the United States Civil Rights Act of 1866, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, and Section 760.20 – 760.37 Florida Statutes
Provide that it is illegal to discriminate against any person in housing  because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex, National Origin, Familial Status and Disability.

  1. Receive complaints and charges of housing discrimination provided that any person aggrieved by an unlawful practice prohibited by Escambia Fair Housing Ordinances
  2. Investigate  the complaint to determine facts to support the alleged Fair Housing
    Discrimination charge.
  3. Hold hearing to determine the facts regarding instances of alleged discrimination.
  4. Recommend methods to eliminate discrimination and intergroup tension and use it’s best efforts to secure compliance with its recommendations.
  5. Furnish technical assistance as requested and cooperate with individuals, state, local and other agencies, both private and public, including agencies of the Federal government and other states to facilitate progress in Human Relations.

The Human Relations provides the following services upon request and at no cost.

  1. Provide consultation on, Equal Employment Opportunity, Fair Housing and Community Relations to citizens, businesses and educators.
  2. Literature and publications from the City of Pensacola and Escambia County Ordinances, as well as, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) and other agencies, as available, regarding your protective rights in housing under Federal and State laws.  Including a variety of information posters as required by federal, state and local laws.
  3. Speakersand seminars where serious discussion addresses various points of discrimination law and emphasizes educating the community regarding equal treatment for all.
  4. Technical assistance for persons desiring to file a discrimination complaint(s).
  5. Review of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity plans.

Numbers to Know

U. S. Department Housing and Urban Development

1 (800) 669-9777

If you would like to better understand your employment rights or would like to contact our Fair Housing Compliance Officer, email (coming soon).

If you feel you have been discriminated against and would like to file a complaint, please click here