You are invited to join IAOHRA for it's FREE webinar. “Fair Housing Matters: The Challenges of Housing Access in a Racially Divided Nation During COVID-19” on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET / Noon CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT. 

Hear from HUD FHEO Assistant Secretary Anna María Farías, as well as national fair housing experts.  Discussions will include: Unique Fair Housing Issues Presented by COVID-19; Best Agency Practices in the Age of Pandemic; and Fair Housing and COVID-19 as seen through Race and Gender Equity Lenses.
We hope you can join us! Let us know you’re coming. More Info here.



The mission of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) is to provide opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and information among member agencies and other human rights advocates.

IAOHRA provides assistance in the development of programs for eliminating illegal discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, public services and commercial transactions, including banking and lending practices.


We develop educational programs on human rights and civil rights issues, and serves as a clearinghouse for information exchange between human rights agencies around the world.


We  connect you to the best and brightest experts in every issue area critical to the human and civil rights effort through IAOHRA meetings and professional training opportunities, you’ll connect with civil rights professionals with your same interests and concerns. 


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The goals of IAOHRA are:

  • To foster human and intergroup relations.

  • To enhance human rights practices under law.

  • To promote civil and human rights around the world.

  • The association has provided leadership in the development and enforcement of needed statutes and ordinances-local, state, and federal - to safeguard the human and civil rights of all people.

Arkansas Fair Housing Committee

Note: File Video | Video statement by former Director Carol Johnson. Leon Jones, Jr. is currently the Director for the Arkansas For Housing Commission. Read more about Director Jones here.


The Commission has a two-fold mission to enforce state and federal fair housing/fair lending laws and to educate the public on fair housing laws, rules and regulations.  


To accomplish that mission, the Commission:


  • Receives, investigates, conciliates and/or resolves complaints alleging violations of the Arkansas Fair Housing Act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under the age of 18) and disability; 

  • Cooperates with and provides technical assistance to federal, state, local and other public or private entities that are formulating or operating programs to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices; and

  • Provides education and outreach services to prevent discriminatory housing practices.


In January of 2001, Arkansas passed Act 1785 of 2001, to provide fair housing and fair lending enforcement within its borders.  The law was amended over the next two years to allow Arkansas’s fair housing and fair lending laws to obtain substantial equivalency with federal legislation and qualify Arkansas to participate in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Fair Housing Assistance Program. During this period, HUD provided technical assistance and legal analysis to assist Arkansas in developing its fair housing law and create the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission – a regulatory body charged with investigating and resolving fair housing and fair lending complaints in Arkansas. In July of 2003, Arkansas enacted an amended fair housing law which provides substantially equivalent the same protections as the federal Fair Housing Act.


With the passage of Act 1785 of 2001, HUD recognized the Arkansas Fair Housing Act as being “substantially equivalent” to the federal Fair Housing Act and allowed Arkansas to join other States already participating in HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program.

Learn more about the Arkansas Fair Housing Committee here.


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