Fair Housing

The City of Cocoa will continue to work closely with Brevard County HOME Consortium to promote fair housing practices and educate community residents of their rights as it relates to fair housing.

It is against the law for anyone to refuse to rent, sell, or make a housing loan to you because of your race, color, religion, sex, familial status, pregnancy, national origin, or disability.

·      Refuse to rent or sell housing

·      Falsely deny that housing is available for
  inspection, rental or sale

·      Refuse to make a mortgage loan

·      Impose different conditions or terms on a loan

·      Threaten, coerce or intimidate any individual
  exercising a fair housing right

·      Refuse reasonable changes to your dwelling to
  accommodate a disability

(Under Chapter 760 of the Florida Statutes and the federal
and Florida Fair Housing Act)

Real estate agents, brokers, landlords or anyone in the housing business
has violated these laws if they encourage a homeowner to sell or rent with
discriminatory intent.

Unless a housing community is complying with the requirements of a 55+
housing community, they cannot deny a family with children under the age of 18
from residing there.

As required by HUD, the City certifies that they must affirmatively further fair housing. This means that the City must have on file an "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing" (AI). The City must "take appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments." Lastly, there must be records that show what actions were taken to comply with this certification, staff partners with the Brevard County HOME Consortium to provide fair housing education and training to citizens of Cocoa.

Contact Ibis Berardi, Housing Program Manager at (321) 433-8520 or the Florida Commission on Human Relations for more information.

If You Don't Report Discrimination, It Can't Be Stopped!

Florida Commission on Human Relations

2009 Appalachee Pkwy, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4149
Toll Free: 800-342-8170


Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
451 Seventh St. SW, Room 5204
Washington D.C. 20410-2000
Toll Free: 800-669-9777
TDD Line - 1-800-927-9275