Disability Rights Texas helps ensure people with disabilities have access to and opportunities to rent or own homes and apartments in their communities. This work includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Ensuring that landlords and property owners do not discriminate against persons with disabilities in renting or selling property
  • Making sure that housing is accessible to people with disabilities to the extent required by law
  • Advocating to increase the amount of accessible, affordable and integrated housing for individuals with physical and mental disabilities

These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

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Ending Discrimination in Housing: Fair Housing Laws

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Handouts

Housing Rights: Disability, Race, National Origin and Language

Neighbors, Homeowners Associations (HOA), Landlords, and Realtors often target people with disabilities for things they ignore when anyone else does them. We consistently see people with disabilities targeted because of their disability and their race, national origin, or the language they speak. Continue reading Housing Rights: Disability, Race, National Origin and Language

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Deadlines and Procedures to File an Administrative Complaint

If you want to file a complaint with a government agency about possible discrimination or fair housing violations in Texas, you can contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD). Continue reading Deadlines and Procedures to File an Administrative Complaint

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Accessibility and Safety During and After a Disaster or Emergency

If you are having problems such as inaccessible communications, shelter that won’t allow your service animal or make other accommodations, or figuring out how to apply for FEMA services, this handout can help you navigate an emergency or disaster in your community. Continue reading Accessibility and Safety During and After a Disaster or Emergency

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On or Off-Campus College Housing and COVID-19

If you are experiencing any of the following issues, you can ask your landlord to change their policy to accommodate your needs to allow you out of your lease early without paying penalties, fines, or fees. Continue reading On or Off-Campus College Housing and COVID-19

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Housing Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created 7/23/2020 Publication Code: HS09 Housing Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic This handout can be made available in Braille or audio file upon request. Do you have questions about people coming into your home or ending your lease? Are you having a hard time doing normal things like sleeping, eating, or focusing?… Continue reading Housing Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Housing Rights as Texas Returns to School

Disability Rights Texas Handout Created 7/14/2020 Publication Code: HS08 Housing Rights as Texas Returns to School This handout can be made available in Braille or audio file upon request. Do any of the following apply to you: Do you have kids that are attending school or college in-person? Do you work at a school or… Continue reading Housing Rights as Texas Returns to School

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Medical Professional’s Guide to Housing Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

We have seen instances of medical professionals discriminated against because of what they do and where they work. The discrimination stems from being associated with people with disabilities, being thought to have a disability, or having a disability. In this handout we address several scenarios we know are playing out or that we anticipate could occur. Continue reading Medical Professional’s Guide to Housing Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic

Disability Rights Texas Handout Date Created: March 24, 2020 Updated: September 23, 2020 Publication Code: HS4 Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic This handout is available in Braille and/or by audio file upon request. A new order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has paused some evictions for non-payment of rent until… Continue reading Evictions in Texas During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Eviction and Reasonable Accommodations

This handout gives a summary of a tenant’s right to ask for a reasonable accommodation in order to avoid an eviction. It is based on both federal and Texas laws. Continue reading Eviction and Reasonable Accommodations

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Housing Rights Information for People with Disabilities Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

This handout contains the following information: 1) Your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when staying at a hotel or shelter; 2) Your rights under the Federal Fair Housing Act and how it impacts where you live; and 3) A sample letter asking for a reasonable accommodation under federal and state law for early termination of your lease Continue reading Housing Rights Information for People with Disabilities Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

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Know Your Housing Rights During COVID-19

Know your housing rights during the Coronavirus pandemic! Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, you have rights and options that offer additional support. Check out this informative message from Rachel Cohen-Miller, Supervising Attorney of the Housing, Transportation & Disaster Team at Disability Rights Texas. Also refer to our handouts on your housing rights and other… Continue reading Know Your Housing Rights During COVID-19

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