For information about fair housing and landlord/tenant mediation services in National City, contact:
CSA San Diego County
131 Avocado Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020
Toll free: (800) 954-0441
Office: (619) 444-5700
If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, you can contact HUD's Fair Housing Hotline at (800) 669-9777 or by going to www.hud.gov -- clicking on "Topic Areas" then "Housing Discrimination".
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that jurisdictions receiving CDBG and HOME program funding take actions to affirmatively further fair housing choices. The City of National City operates under the U.S. Fair Housing Law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) and other federal and State of California housing laws which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, familial status (presence of children) or physical disability. The City strives to reduce housing discrimination in the housing rental, sales, lending, and insurance markets.
To do this, CSA San Diego County will investigate report, monitor, and provide counseling to tenants and training to landlords on fair housing law. CSA also provides assistance to the City by promoting compliance of the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing (AFHM) Policy by all HUD-assisted projects. City Council adopted the policy in March 2008 providing the policies and procedures to be followed by Sub-recipients, developers, owners, and sponsors participating in the development or management of HUD-assisted projects with five or more units. This requirement ensures that the affirmative steps and actions are taken to provide information and otherwise attract eligible persons in the housing market area to available housing without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status, or disability.
Additionally, HUD requires jurisdictions to complete an Analysis of Impediments (AI) every three to five years, in alignment with the Consolidated Plan schedule. In general, the AI is a review of the impediments to fair housing choice in both the public and private sectors. The City of National City participated in the San Diego Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice for 2015-2019.
The City of National City also participates in the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing (SDRAFF). SDRAFF is a dedicated group of professionals working together to ensure that all residents in San Diego County have equal access to housing. It is comprised of members of the fair housing community, government entities, enforcement agencies and housing providers. This group had its roots in the early 1980’s when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appointed the Community Housing Resource Board (CHRB). HUD had the vision of unifying fair housing efforts in the region and provided early leadership to foster a collaborative approach to affirmatively further fair housing and end discrimination in housing choice. HUD had provided strong leadership to the first CHRB in San Diego which led to one of the strongest, most active, CHRBs in California. Over the years, the CHRB became less active and a new, revitalized, Fair Housing Resources Board (FHRB) was created to continue promoting fair housing education, training and advocacy. In a recent effort to strengthen collaborative efforts in the region, the FHRB changed its name to the San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing (SDRAFFH). The SDRAFFH meets on a quarterly basis to promote fair housing education, training and advocacy. Visit the SDRAFFH website to learn more at www.sdfairhousing.org.
Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides their own resources on fair housing. The Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity website contains a relevant information regarding fair housing laws that prohibit discrimination in housing.