Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (HB1280)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices.  Provides that it is an unlawful discriminatory housing practice for any political jurisdiction or its employees or appointed commissions to discriminate in the application of local land use ordinances or guidelines, or in the permitting of housing developments, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, handicap, or because the housing development contains or is expected to contain affordable housing units occupied or intended for occupancy by families or individuals with incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income of the area where the housing development is located or is proposed to be located. The bill also requires the Fair Housing Board, after consultation with the Attorney General, instead of issuing a charge for a violation, to immediately refer the matter to the Attorney General for civil action in the appropriate circuit court for appropriate relief. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2010Presented and ordered printed 10103730D
01/20/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/10/2010Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
02/10/2010Subcommittee recommends passing by with letter
02/11/2010Passed by in General Laws with letter


Virginia Interfaith Center writes:

The Virginia Interfaith Center strongly supports this bill because families at all income levels deserve a safe, decent, affordable place to call home in a community that offers quality of life enhancing opportunities like good schools, healthy food, jobs, and transportation. NIMBYs ("Not in My Backyard") often block these opportunities, so this bill ensures that affordable housing development is a fair process, not blocked by the loudest uninformed voice.
See http://www.learnprayblog.org/2010/01/nimbyism/#more-108
for more.