Original Date: 04/22/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Fair Housing
In 1986, the City of Chattanooga instituted a more proactive approach toward correcting discrimination in housing which had been an ongoing problem, culminating in 1979 with a civil suit brought by the NAACP and Tennessee Properties against the City.
To correct this situation, the City developed its own Fair Housing ordinance. At the same time, the City and HUD created a Community Housing Resource Board (CHRB). This board is composed of community members and realtors. The Board is responsible for promoting the concept of equal housing opportunities among realtors, landlords, tenants, lenders and the community at large. The program is administered for the City by the Equal Employment Opportunity/Fair Housing Office. Issues that are addressed include equal access to housing, tenant/landlord disputes, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Employment Opportunity.
The CHRB uses several means of accomplishing its mission, such as dissemination of information outlined in an easy-to-read format on the rights and responsibilities of the different groups. The CHRB also employs two part-time Housing Information Hotline operators to answer questions.
For more information see the
Point of Contact for this survey.