WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement between Woodglen Vista Housing Partners, LP, which owns rental properties in Santee, California, and its management company, FPI Management, Inc., and a couple who alleged that the housing providers refused to rent a two-bedroom unit to them because they have three children. Under the settlement, the housing providers agreed, among other things, to pay $6,000 to the couple. Read the agreement.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has children under the age of 18, make statements that discriminate against families with children, or impose different rules, restrictions or policies on them.

“Having children shouldn’t be a reason to be denied a place to call home,” said Anna María Farías, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD is committed to taking appropriate action when housing providers fail to meet their obligation to comply with the Fair Housing Act.”