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Fair Housing Protected Classes by State

Published on: Apr 9, 2024

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The Fair Housing landscape is complicated at a national level. While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers The Fair Housing Act at the federal level, states and localities may have their own additional protected classes. As a Nomad property owner, you are responsible for knowing your local regulations.

The list below is educational in nature and serves as a starting point for your own research into the topic. This information is not intended to be legal advice.  Fair Housing rules change regularly, and this list may not contain the most current information. 

Fair Housing Protected Classes by State

Alabama Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

Alaska Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood.

Arizona Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

Arkansas Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

California Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, genetic information, source of income, citizenship, primary language, immigration status.

Colorado Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, marital status, creed, source of income.

Connecticut Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, age, lawful source of income.

Delaware Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, familial status, disability, source of income, age.

Florida Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status, disability.

Georgia Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

Hawaii Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, disability, marital status, familial status, age, HIV infection, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, income source.

Idaho Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

Illinois Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, marital status, age, order of protection status, source of income, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service.

Indiana Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

Iowa Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, familial status.

Kansas Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity.

Kentucky Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, age.

Louisiana Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income.

Maine Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, receipt of public assistance.

Maryland Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, source of income.

Massachusetts Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status, disability, age, marital status, familial status, source of income, public assistance status.

Michigan Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, age, marital status, source of income, student status.

Minnesota Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity.

Mississippi Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

Missouri Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, familial status.

Montana Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, familial status, disability, age, national origin.

Nebraska Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin.

Nevada Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, age.

New Hampshire Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, lawful source of income.

New Jersey Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, familial status, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, source of lawful income or source of lawful rent payment.

New Mexico Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity.

New York Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, military status, disability, familial status, lawful source of income, domestic violence victim status, prior arrest or conviction record.

North Carolina Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

North Dakota Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, familial status, marital status, public assistance status, lawful source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity.

Ohio Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, military status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity.

Oklahoma Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status.

Oregon Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, familial status, source of income, disability, age, gender identity, domestic violence victim status, expunged juvenile record.

Pennsylvania Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, age, use of guide or support animals, handling or training of support or guide animals, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income.

Rhode Island Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, marital status, country of ancestral origin, housing status, familial status, status as a victim of domestic violence.

South Carolina Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

South Dakota Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, creed, religion, sex, familial status, disability, national origin, ancestry.

Tennessee Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, creed, national origin, sex, disability, familial status.

Texas Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability.

Utah Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, source of income, disability.

Vermont Fair Housing Protected Classes:: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, receipt of public assistance, disability, familial status.

Virginia Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, disability, source of funds, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, lawful source of income.

Washington Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, familial status, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, source of income.

Washington D.C. Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, source of income, victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business.

West Virginia Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, national origin, blindness, disability, familial status, ancestry.

Wisconsin Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, lawful source of income, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.

Wyoming Fair Housing Protected Classes: Race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, national origin.

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