Fair Housing

Discrimination in housing is against the law and no person shall be discriminated against in the sale, rental or advertising of residential real estate transaction based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, source of income, disability, medical condition or age.

The Planning and Building Director is responsible to investigate and respond to discrimination complaints. Discrimination complaints will be referred to the Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, the Marin Housing Authority, HUD, or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as appropriate.

Resources

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC) provides free housing discrimination counseling services, intervention, and complaint investigation to clients of all protected classes, including immigrants, people with disabilities, seniors, families with children, and other clients protected under fair housing law. Services include fair housing training for housing providers, tenants, and staff of social service agencies. FHANC sponsors a variety of programs to educate the community at large about fair housing issues. FHANC also offers information to housing providers about affirmative marketing. 

Marin Housing Authority (MHA) provides decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low- and moderate-income people. MHA administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, owns and manages Housing units through the Supportive Housing Department and the Below Market Rate (BMR) Home Ownership program.

Legal Aid of Marin provides high quality legal representation and advocacy, information, referral, advice, community education, and other assistance to low-income and senior residents of Marin County. Legal Aid of Marin seeks to assist Marin County’s most vulnerable residents, particularly with problems related to housing, employment, child dependency, domestic violence prevention, and debtor rights.

Mediation Services offers the public an alternative to court as a way of resolving disputes in a variety of areas. Professionally trained and experienced Mediators help to facilitate resolutions for parties in conflict.

Reasonable Accommodation

Per Municipal Code Section 18.82, the City of Larkspur provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodation from the zoning regulations, practices, and procedures to ensure equal access to housing, and to facilitate the development of housing for individuals with disabilities.

City of Larkspur Application for Accommodation for People with Disabilities