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General Fair Housing Information
Federal and state laws give you a right to fair housing.  These laws prohibit discrimination in the sale, rental, advertising or financing of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or familial status.  Discrimination means any action, omission or decision that has the effect of restricting your choice of housing and access to housing assistance.

  • Learn more about state fair housing and equal access laws from the Maine Human Rights Commission , the state agency responsible for administering and enforcing Maine’s fair housing laws
  • Learn more about federal fair housing and equal access laws from the Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity  at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the federal agency responsible for administering and enforcing the federal fair housing laws.


Disability Rights
Federal and state laws provide certain rights and protections for persons with disabilities, including persons with mental and physical disabilities. These laws prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities; require housing providers to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities in policies, procedures and programs; require housing providers to allow persons with disabilities to make reasonable modifications so they can fully enjoy their housing and related facilities; and require multifamily housing to be designed and constructed in accordance with certain accessibility standards.

Limited English Proficiency
Federal law requires all recipients of financial assistance from the federal government to make reasonable efforts to provide language assistance to persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to ensure they have meaningful access to the recipient’s programs and services. Persons with Limited English Proficiency are persons who, as a result of national origin, do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to speak, read, write or understand English.

  • Learn more  about Federal LEP requirements
  • Learn more  about State efforts concerning LEP, immigration and diversity from the State’s Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Learn more  about resources for communication with persons who have limited english proficiency, are hearing-impaired or vision-impaired.


To File a Complaint

  • Learn more  about the State’s fair housing complaint process
  • Learn more  about HUD’s fair housing complaint process
  • Learn more about the ADA Title II complaint process for discrimination against persons with disabilities relating to State and local government services and assistance, see Section IX of Title II Highlights  and the complaint form .
  • Learn more  about the ADA Title III complaint process for discrimination against persons with disabilities relating to public accommodations


Advocacy Groups and Legal Resources

  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance 
    • Augusta, 39 Green Street
      Tel: 207-622-4731 or 207-623-7777 or 207-623-7770 (TTY)
    • Bangor, 61 Main Street
      Tel: 207-942-8241 or 207-942-1060 (TTY)
    • Lewiston, 37 Park Street, Suite 401
      Tel: 207-784-1558
    • Machias, Route 1 and Old County Road
      Tel: 207-255-8656 or 207-255-6179 (TTY)
    • Portland, 88 Federal Street
      Tel: 207-774-8211 or 207-828-2308 (TTY)
    • Presque Isle, 373 Main Street
      Tel: 207-764-4349 or 207-764-2453 (TTY)
    • Farmworker & Native American Units - Bangor
      Tel: 207-942-0673
    • Multi-lingual Language Line
      Tel: 207-774-8211
  • Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project 
    Tel: 1-800-442-4293
  • Maine Equal Justice Project 
    Tel: 207-626-7058
  • Disability Rights Center 
    Statewide Hotline, Tel. 1-800-452-1948 (V/TTY)
  • For information about other advocacy groups in Maine 


MaineHousing Nondiscrimination Policy
Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or familial status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. MaineHousing will also provide this document in alternative formats upon sufficient notice. MaineHousing has designated the following person responsible for coordinating compliance with applicable federal and state nondiscrimination requirements and addressing grievances: Louise Patenaude, MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta, ME 04330-4633, Telephone Number (207) 626-4600 or 1-800-452-4668 (voice), or 1-800-452-4603 (TTY).

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