Fair Housing

Fair Housing Assessment

The City of La Crosse has prepared a fair housing study called the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. If you would like to learn more, please click here.  

Think you may have been discriminated against while trying to rent or own a home?

It is unlawful for any person to be denied housing on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, lawful source of Income, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political activity, familial status or student status. 

Examples of discrimination include providing different housing services or facilities, falsely denying that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental and refusing to let you make necessary changes to the property, at your expense, in coordination with your disability. 

If you are a resident of the City of La Crosse and you believe that you have been discriminated against, you may submit a complaint form with the Human Rights Commission. 

The act of discrimination must have happened inside of the City of La Crosse and within 120 days of the file date. If the event occurred more than 120 days previous to the file date, we are unable to act. It is important that you file within 120 days of the event. The complaint form may be submitted to the office of the La Crosse City Clerk at City Hall (2nd floor), in person or by mail. This is the mailing address:

City Clerk

400 La Crosse Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

For more information or to access a discrimination complaint form, please explore the links below

Human Rights Commission Complaint Process

File a Discrimination Complaint

If you feel that you have been discriminated against, you can also file your complaint with the Equal Rights Division of the State of Wisconsin. Visit the State of Wisconsin Equal Rights Division website for more information.

March 20, 2018 Fair Housing Training Material

Fair Housing: Know Your Rights presentation
Housing Stability presentation
Subsidized Housing in La Crosse presentation

  Lead Disclosure Rule

Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as Title X, to protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil. Section 1018 of this law directed HUD and EPA to require the disclosure of known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before the sale or lease of most housing built before 1978.

For more information: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/enforcement/disclosure

EPA HUD - Q and A on Lead Disclosure Rule