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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). You can contact them using the following:
Fort Worth Regional Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
307 W. 7th St., Suite 1000
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-877-8339
Texas Workforce Commission – Civil Rights Division
1117 Trinity Street, Room 144-T
Austin, TX, 78701
Local housing offices
City of Austin Equal Employment and Fair Housing Office
1050 E. 11th Street, Suite 300
Austin, TX, 78702
City of Corpus Christi Department of Human Relations
1201 Leopard Street, 1st Floor
Corpus Christi, TX, 78401
City of Dallas Fair Housing Office
1500 Marilla Street, Room 1B North
Dallas, TX, 76102
Fort Worth Human Relations Commission
1000 Throckmorton Street
Fort Worth, TX, 76102
City of Garland Fair Housing Services
210 Carver Street, Suite 102A
Garland, TX, 75040
Filing a complaint with HUD or TWC-CRD is optional, but it is one way to have the situation investigated and resolved. You should file a complaint with HUD and/or TWC-CRD within 1 year from the date of the alleged discrimination.
If you wish to file a lawsuit, for violations of your fair housing rights, you should do so within 2 years of the date of the alleged discrimination. If you want to take action, you should contact another attorney immediately because they would need time to research and prepare your case. If you do not meet the deadlines or procedures that apply to your situation, a court or administrative agency may dismiss your case, and you could lose your rights.
Some local laws or ordinances could apply to cases of alleged housing discrimination. These laws or ordinances may have a shorter deadline than discussed above. Because there could be other laws that apply to your situation, you should contact an attorney immediately. The information here is not a substitute for an attorney. Do not wait until the end of any deadlines before looking for an attorney. To find a lawyer in your area, you can call the statewide lawyer referral service at 1-800-252-9690 or you can search the state bar website. You can also call the “lawyer referral” number published by your local Bar Association (an organization of lawyers). You can call 2-1-1 for that number or other referral ideas.
If you are unable to file a complaint with either HUD or TWC-CRD due to accessibility issues, please contact our state-wide intake line at 1-800-252-9108 or online at intake.DRTx.org. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, address, and a description of the issue.
Created: August 25, 2020
Updated: October 12, 2023
Publication Code: HS11
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