Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination by direct providers of housing, such as landlords and real estate companies as well as other entities such as municipalities, banks and other lending institutions, and homeowners insurance companies whose discriminatory practices make housing unavailable to persons because of disability, familial status, national origin, race or color, religion, or sex.


Each April, the City of Manhattan and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) observe National Fair Housing Month.

National Fair Housing Month celebrates the passage of the Fair Housing Act in April 1968, a national law that prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing or in other housing-related activities based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disabilities, and families with children. National Fair Housing Month increases efforts to end housing discrimination and raises awareness of fair housing rights and responsibilities. 

The City of Manhattan believes that education regarding the rights and responsibilities of all participants in the Fair Housing equation supports a positive experience for both housing providers and consumers.  The City delivers informational guidance regarding Fair Housing and landlord/tenant issues through its annual Fair Housing Training Event.

The City held the second annual Fair Housing Webinar on April 15, 2022, to educate interested persons about the rights and responsibilities of landlords, tenants, realtors, lenders, and others; the national Fair Housing law; and the Kansas Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.


Here is the list of presenters/presentations at the 2022 Fair Housing Webinar event:

John Verssue — The Manhattan Housing Market Analysis: Mr. Verssue has posted his presentation to the project website, https://engagemhk.org/housing-market-analysis, which is updated regularly regarding the next steps in the study. To discuss anything in the presentation, feel free to email him at john.verssue@cityofmhk.com.

Rick Berry   Common Code Issues: The Risk Reduction Team ran out of time to take questions; however, the questions asked at the event were downloaded and Risk Reduction has provided answers on this document:   Q & A


Margaret Pendleton Realtors and Fair Housing: This is the link to the National Association of Realtors Fair Housing Page and this is the link to the Flint Hills Association of Realtors page that covers Professional Standards and how to file a grievance.

Paul Shipp Crime Victims’ Rights and Landlords’ Responsibilities: The presentation’s slides may be found here.

Teresa Baker Tenant/Landlord Common Concerns and FAQs: Teresa requests that anyone interested in receiving copies of her presentation slides please contact her directly at TBaker@HousingAndCredit.org.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2022 Webinar!

If you attended this webinar, please provide feedback on the seminar by filling out the evaluations linked below:

HCCI Evaluation

Seminar Evaluation

Kansas Resources

Here are some free resources for housing: