Calling Out Sexual Harassment in Housing: Fair Housing Protections for Tenants and Resources for Advocates

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sexual harassment in housing is a widespread – yet often unaddressed - problem. The rights of many vulnerable tenants, particularly low-income women, are being violated by landlords and others seeking to take advantage of them. Sexual harassment can have an extremely damaging effect on victims, yet many people don't necessarily recognize it as a fair housing issue. The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined forces to combat this problem by engaging in public outreach, information sharing, and active enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. The Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative is an effort to raise awareness and address and prevent such harassment by public housing agencies, private landlords and property managers, maintenance workers, and others, and to educate tenants about their rights to live in housing free from harassment. In this session, we will explain what constitutes unlawful sexual harassment under the Fair Housing Act, describe our work to combat this damaging misconduct, highlight educational resources, identify best practices for housing providers, and discuss how advocates can assist their clients who may be victims of sexual or other harassment in housing.


  • Catherine BendorHousing & Civil Enforcement Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Alexandria LippincottOffice of General Counsel, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development