Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita works in partnership with the Fair Housing Council of Orange County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure unimpeded access to fair housing opportunities.

Fair Housing Council

The Fair Housing Council is a private nonprofit organization formed in 1965 in the wake of the civil rights movement that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Council incorporated in 1968, the same year that Congress extended civil rights protections to cover housing with the adoption of the Fair Housing Act.

Under the direction of a volunteer board of directors and with a paid staff of 14, the agency works to fulfill a mission of protecting the quality of life in Orange County by ensuring equal access to housing opportunities, fostering diversity and preserving dignity and human rights. Contracting to serve all of Orange County's local governments for provision of fair housing services for their residents, the Fair Housing Council handles more than 250 cases of alleged housing discrimination in the county each year.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to:
  • Strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers
  • Meet the need for quality affordable rental homes
  • Utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life
  • Build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination
  • Transform the way HUD does business