Title VI of the Civil Rights Act covers federally-assisted program, service or housing. All housing providers are subject to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act (the Fair Housing Act).

LEP.gov is a federal inter-agency website that is a repository of information relative to federal requirements and guidance on how federal agencies and recipients of their grant funds are to address limited English proficiency. There are many resources, but most importantly under “Recipients of federal assistance”, you will find the guidance issued by HUD and the USDA, the two principal federal agencies providing federally-assisted housing funding.

The video below explains the obligations housing providers have to limited English proficient persons.

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“Everyone who applies for or lives in HUD-assisted housing should be able to access critical information about that housing, such as the application process, the terms of their lease, and the apartment building’s rules. Language must not be a barrier to accessing affordable housing. Under fair housing laws, affordable housing providers have an obligation to make important information available to all applicants and tenants, including people whose primary language is not English.”

–Jeanine Worden, HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for FHEO