Fair Housing

Fair Housing Grants

As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. The Fair Housing Grant program provides funding to state and local REALTOR® Associations to enhance the importance fair housing plays in our industry and in our communities.

REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.  To more effectively advocate on national fair housing policy, NAR re-organized last summer to create a new Fair Housing Policy Committee. Read more about the New Fair Housing Action Plan or reach out to Bryan Greene, Director, Fair Housing Policy.

This program differs from the Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program, which provides funding to REALTOR® Associations to enhance the inclusion of diversity in their leadership and collaborate with local chapters of national multicultural real estate organizations. Access information on the Leading with Diversity Program and its grant applications.

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.

Frequently Asked Questions

Level 1 Grants

Level 1 Fair Housing Grant Application

Grants up to $1,000 are available to support fair housing-related education. NAR’s At Home With Diversity class is not eligible.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through November 15.

New guidance for 2021

  1. Fair Housing Level-1 grant increased to $1,500.  Note that any instructional fee is capped at $1,000 and the remaining $500 used to fund instructor travel, meals, marketing, etc.
  2. Expected Financial Participation by Applicant: Minimum 10% of requested grant amount.
  3. Your association may not apply for a Fair Housing Level-1 grant to conduct an educational event that you provided in 2020.

Level 2 Grants

Level 2 Fair Housing Grant Application

Grants up to $5,000 area available to support partnerships with local agencies or organizations that further the fair housing mission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through November 15.

New guidance for 2021

  1. Expected Financial Participation by Applicant: Minimum 10% of requested grant amount.
  2. Your association may not apply for a Fair Housing Level-2 grant to conduct a program that you provided in 2020.

Need inspiration for a Fair Housing activity or program? Read Fair Housing Showcase Stories.

Can’t Hold Your Event In-Person?  Use a Fair Housing Grant to Host it Online!

Apply for a Fair Housing grant to host an event or online activity that helps position your association as a leader in your community while engaging members by hosting an online or virtual fair housing event or activity.

Fair Housing Programs and Resources

Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing

The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present an online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest research, Perception explains how our brains’ automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS®, and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.

Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation

Fairhaven is an interactive online simulation training in which agents confront discrimination in real estate transactions from the point of view of both agent and client.

In this cutting-edge new training, agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, confronting various scenarios where discrimination gets in the way. Agents make choices about how to handle each scenario and receive actionable feedback that they can apply to their daily business interactions. In an innovative approach, the course also puts agents in the role of a client experiencing discrimination. The client point-of-view scenarios are paired with powerful testimonials illustrating the impact of housing discrimination in real people’s lives. At the end of the experience, learners will receive a performance report summarizing each of their interactions and providing insight into their overall performance.

New Fair Housing Action Plan

NAR’s new Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes Accountability, Culture Change, and Training in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million REALTORS® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America.  Check out fair housing resources including the latest articles, research, reports, publications, and videos.

Fair Housing Declaration

Show you support equal opportunity in housing by displaying this declaration of following fair housing laws and your commitment to provide professional service with the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration.

Fair Housing Poster Contest

Each year state and local REALTOR® Associations sponsor fair housing poster contests with local elementary schools. These contests generally include a specific theme for the year (e.g., Fair Housing for All, Open Hearts – Open Neighborhoods, A Home for Everyone) and incorporate the ideas of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Upon closing of the contest, volunteer/guest judges are brought in to determine a winner. A winner may receive a prize, or a variety of winners may be chosen to go into the following year’s calendar that is produced by the board and distributed to members, customers, and local businesses. You may even offset your costs by obtaining local business sponsors for the event and/or calendar.

NAR’S Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

During the commemoration, REALTORS® across the country, local and state associations, and brokerages increased member and public awareness of fair housing. Numerous videos, articles in local media, and fair housing training classes were held across the country. 2018 was a year when REALTORS® showed that Fair Housing Makes U.S. Stronger.

Questions? Bryan Greene at 202-383-1114.


Fair Housing Month

Fair Housing Month is recognized each April to commemorate the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act in which U.S. law was established that prohibited discrimination in housing.

Annually, NAR creates a poster that state and local real estate associations may print, use or distribute to promote the REALTOR® commitment to Fair Housing.  You are authorized to print and distribute the Fair Housing Month Poster.  It can be printed 22 x 17, 14 x 11, or 11 x 8.5.