Fair Housing & MaineHousing




General Fair Housing Information

Federal and state laws give you a right to fair housing. This means you have the right to be free from discrimination in the sale, rental, advertising or financing of housing. According to fair housing laws, you cannot be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, familial status, or receipt of public assistance. 

Discrimination means any action, omission or decision that results in 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 External Link. They are the state agency responsible for enforcing Maine’s fair housing laws.
  • Learn more about federal fair housing and equal access laws from the  Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity External Link at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. They are the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal fair housing laws.


Disability Rights

Federal and state laws provide certain rights and protections for people with disabilities, including people with mental and physical disabilities. This means you cannot be discriminated against because of your disability. The laws also require housing providers to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities in policies, procedures and programs. The laws also require housing providers to allow people with disabilities to make reasonable changes so they can fully enjoy their housing and related facilities. The laws also require multifamily housing to be designed and constructed to comply with certain accessibility standards.

Limited English Proficiency

Federal law requires organizations that get federal funds to make reasonable efforts to give translation help to people who do not speak or read English well. This helps make sure people who don’t speak or read English well can get what they need from programs and services. This is for people who do not speak English as their primary language. It also is for people who do not speak, read, write or understand English well.



To File a Complaint



Advocacy Groups and Legal Resources

  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance External Link Image
    • 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 External Link Image
    Tel: 1-800-442-4293
  • Maine Equal Justice Project External Link Image
    Tel: 207-626-7058
  • Disability Rights Center External Link Image
    Statewide Hotline, Tel. 1-800-452-1948 (V/TTY)
  • For information about other advocacy groups in Maine External Link Image


MaineHousing Nondiscrimination Policy
MaineHousing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, age, familial status or receipt of public assistance in the admission or access to or treatment in its programs and activities. In employment, MaineHousing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability or genetic information. MaineHousing will provide appropriate communication auxiliary aids and services upon sufficient notice. 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, Maine State Housing Authority, 353 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04330-4633, Telephone Number 1-800-452-4668 (voice in state only), (207) 626-4600 (voice) or Maine Relay 711.


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