Project Sentinel

A HUD approved housing counseling agency. Providing housing solutions and community mediation since 1976.

Community Mediation

Community Mediation is the Better Solution

It’s Free      It’s Confidential      It’s Neutral      It’s Convenient      It Works

We can help in disputes involving:

  • Neighbor-Neighbor
    • Fences
    • Tree and branch intrusions
    • Barking dogs and other noise issues
    • Parking
  • Tenant-landlord
    • Security Deposits
    • Repairs
    • Terminations and evictions
  • Homeowner Associations
  • Consumer – Business
  • Workplace

Project Sentinel provides a full range of dispute resolution services for these disputes and many others in the community. Dispute resolution services avoid the cost and stress of other options such as litigation. These services offer the participants the opportunity to make their own decisions about whether to settle, with the freedom to design their own terms of settlement, instead of having an outsider impose terms.

 

What Is Fair Housing?

In April of 1968, just a week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Congress passed the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), which made it illegal to discriminate against people in the sale or rental of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. In 1988, the Fair Housing Amendments Act became law, adding protections based on disability and familial status.

Since 1963, California has also prohibited certain types of discrimination in housing. Today, these laws are known as the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Unruh Civil Rights Act. In addition to those characteristics listed under federal law, California bans housing discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, source of income and arbitrary characteristics.

The important thing to note about federal and state Fair Housing laws is that they only prohibit discrimination based on a protected characteristic. A bank can deny you a mortgage because you have poor credit, or a housing provider can refuse to rent to you because you are low-income, or have an eviction on your record. These things may not be fair, but they aren’t illegal. To violate the law, a housing provider must treat you differently because of a protected characteristic. For example, it would be a violation of the law if you were denied a mortgage because of race, or denied a rental unit because you have children. There must be a connection between the negative treatment and one of the listed characteristics.

Fremont Office

Services Offered: Tenant-Landlord Assistance and Fair Housing Complaints

39155 Liberty Street, Ste. D440
Fremont, CA 94538

Toll Free (888) 324-7468
Tenant-Landlord: (510) 574-2270
Fair Housing: (510) 574-2279
Fax (510) 574-2275
fremontfairhousing@housing.org
fremont@housing.org

Gilroy Office

Services Offered: Tenant-Landlord Assistance and Fair Housing Complaints

8339 Church Street, Suite 104
Gilroy, CA 95020

Phone (408) 842-7740
Fax (408) 767-2927
info@housing.org

Milpitas Office

Services Offered: Default and Delinquency Counseling, Reverse Mortgage Counseling, First Time Home Buyer Education

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
554 Valley Way, Bldg. 4, Suite 554
Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 470-3730
homeownershipinfo@housing.org

Redwood City Office

Services Offered: Tenant-Landlord Assistance and Fair Housing Complaints

1615 Hudson St, Suite A
Redwood City, CA 94061

Toll Free (888) 324-7468
Phone (650) 321-6291
Fax (650) 321-4173
info@housing.org

Address: 
1490 El Camino Real
95050 Santa Clara , CA
US
Phone: 
408-720-9888
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Thu, Jun 07, 2018: 10:30 am
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