HRC Stands with NFL player Brandon Mebane

In a recent blog post by Brandon Mebane, NFL player for the Los Angeles Chargers, he disclosed his troubling experience facing race discrimination in his search for housing in LA. Mebane explains that despite his, and his fellow black teammates, competitive applications that boasted high credit scores, references, and in some cases, payments in advance, they were denied housing during their search. Denying someone the opportunity to obtain housing based on a personal characteristic, such as race, is a violation of Federal Fair Housing law.
 The Southern California Housing Rights center (dba Housing Rights Center) established in 1968, is one of the nation's largest non-profit fair housing agencies. The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is appalled that such hateful acts are still happening everyday even in a city as progressive as Los Angeles. HRC has had a long history of representing Black athletes looking for housing in Los Angeles. HRC filed a successful lawsuit representing Lou Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) when he tried to purchase his first home and faced housing discrimination. In 2003, the Housing Rights Center sued NBA LA Clipper's former owner Donald Sterling for discriminating against Black and Latino tenants in his LA Koreatown buildings.
 The Housing Rights Center offers its assistance to you, NFL players and any person who has been denied housing, steered away from their desired housing choice, harassed by their housing provider or given less favorable terms for their housing on the basis of their race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, immigration status, familial status, disability, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, income source, genetic information, age, or domestic violence victim status. Even if you don't have proof other than your intuition, we have investigators and other means of determining if illegal discrimination occurred. Please call, visit, or email the Housing Rights Center to report any discrimination.

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