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Housing Discrimination: "It's Illegal and Unacceptable"

Did you know it is illegal for lenders to:

  • Deny home loans to pregnant women and women on maternity leave
  • Ask applicants about plans for children
  • Deny single moms loans “because single moms are risks”

Did you know it's illegal for landlords to say things like:

  • "No kids"
  • "No more than one child" or "No teenagers"
  • "Single moms can’t make rent"
  • "There is lead-based paint so I won’t rent to you"
  • "This place isn’t suitable for children"

All too often pregnant women and mothers are discriminated against in jobs, housing and loans, just when they need financial security the most. That’s why MomsRising is partnering with the Department of Housing and Urban Development – the agency that enforces the Fair Housing Act – to shine a light on maternal housing discrimination and help spread the word about moms and families’ housing rights.

Have you ever experienced discrimination in any form of housing due to being a parent? Share your experiences in the box below. Your experience story will have a big impact on policy makers and give them a clear picture of the extent of discrimination families face across this country.

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