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Fair Housing

Fair Housing—It’s not an Option, It’s the Law!

The federal Fair Housing Act gives you the right to rent or buy a home without discrimination. Fair housing laws identify certain groups of people, called "protected classes." Protected classes include: race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, and disability. The New Mexico Human Rights Act also prohibits discrimination based upon ancestry, sexual orientation, spousal affiliation and gender identity. The Fair Housing Act covers most housing, with certain exceptions, and makes it illegal to discriminate against any person in the sale, rental and financing of housing.

Below are links to resources that can assist you with corrective and enforcement issues. For more direction and assistance, please contact Housing & Family Services at 575-528-3022 or

City of Las Cruces Resources:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Resources:

How to File a Fair Housing Discrimination Complaint:

For more information:

  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • 500 Gold Avenue SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301
  • Albuquerque, N.M. 87102
  • Telephone: (505) 346-6463
  • Toll-free: 1-800-669-9777
  • Disability Rights New Mexico
  • 133 Wyatt Drive, Suite 11
  • Las Cruces, NM 88005
  • Telephone: (575) 541-1305
  • Fax: (575) 647-9056
  • State-wide Toll Free: 1-800-432-4682
  • Email:
  • New Mexico Human Rights Division
  • Telephone: (505) 827-6838
  • Toll-free: 1-800-566-9471