Fair Housing and Housing Discrimination

Daly City is committed to ensuring that all residents and people seeking to live in the City have equal opportunity to housing choices. Compliance with fair housing laws enables Daly City to foster and maintain its uniquely diverse population. Under federal and State laws, it is illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental, marketing and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, presence of children, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other arbitrary reason.

Along with disseminating fair housing information to the public, the City provides assistance through several nonprofit public service providers for people who have experienced unfair housing practices. If you feel you may have experienced housing discrimination or need professional advice on whether or not you are a victim of discrimination, please feel free to contact the appropriate organizations listed below.

Fair Housing Resources

Legal Aid Society’s Homesavers Program provides free legal assistance to low income Daly City residents and is located in San Mateo. To speak or make an appointment with a Legal Aid Society staff attorney, please call 800-381-8898 or 650-558-0915.

Project Sentinel is a nonprofit fair housing organization based in Palo Alto that receives Daly City Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to address housing discrimination complaints from all households, regardless of income level, in Daly City. Project Sentinel promotes public awareness of housing discrimination through workshops and other forms of outreach, makes public service announcements, consults with clients and, if necessary, investigates their complaints further, and refers complaints to appropriate legal organizations. To contact Project Sentinel, please call 415-H-O-U-S-I-N-G (468-7464).

Housing Equality Law Project (HELP) is a nonprofit fair housing agency with offices currently in San Francisco and South San Francisco. HELP serves clients across the Bay Area and beyond providing fair housing and landlord-tenant counseling, consulting, investigation, and advocacy services. Services are free of charge to all tenants and housing seekers and most are also free to landlords and housing providers.  To contact Housing Equality Law Project (HELP), please call  (650) 273-8140.