Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley

Phone: (818) 373-1185

Toll free: (800) 487-2617

Fax: (818) 373-1193

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Mon - Fri  8:30 -5:00



Donald Bagwell - President

Crystal Lee - Vice President

Michelle White - Recording Secretary

Liliana Alfonso - Treasurer

 Juanita Bankhead - Board Member

Loretta E. Kelly-Denkins - Board Member

Staff Roster

Sharon Kinlaw  
Executive Director

Reinaldo Avila
Senior Investigator and Litigation Analyst

Sandy Couch                Litigation/Foreclosure-Homelessness Prevention Coordinator

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Welcome to Fair housing council of the San Fernando Valley 

Mission Statement

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Our mission is to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to live in housing they desire and can afford regardless of race, color, familial status, religion, sex, mental & physical disabilities (including AIDS & HIV), national origin, marital status, age, source of income, and sexual orientation. Fair housing laws protect the rights of all home seekers to equal opportunity in the sale, rental, financing, insuring, appraising and advertising of housing.

Who We Are

The Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley
is a private, non-profit, civil rights advocacy organization founded in 1958 to eliminate housing discrimination.

The FHCSFV is the oldest Fair Housing Council in the Western Region, and the second oldest Fair Housing in the Nation.

FHCSFV provides services in Los Angeles County, primarily in the San Fernando Valley and other areas in the region as needed and contracted, through leadership, education, outreach, advocacy and enforcement.


What We Do

The Fair Housing Council staff provides direct services in the following areas and is available to counsel both home seekers and housing providers on their rights and responsibilities under fair housing laws:

Housing and Lending Discrimination Complaint Investigation – receives, investigates and resolves complaints through conciliation or referral to state and federal administrative enforcement agencies HUD; DFEH or to private attorneys.

Fair Housing Education and Outreach – provides training, technical assistance and educational programs designed to raise public awareness of federal and state fair housing laws; conducts fair housing law workshops and seminars for landlords, tenants, nonprofit organizations and city employees, developers and distributes educational fair housing literature.

Tenant and Landlord Counseling – provides telephone, online and in-person counseling to both tenants and landlords regarding their respective rights and responsibilities under California law and local city ordinances including information about rent increases, evictions, security deposits, repairs and rent control.

Housing and Policy Advocacy – FHCSFV staff works on a statewide, regional and local level as a persistent advocate for integrated, accessible and affordable housing;  FHCSFV conducts housing discrimination audits of current housing trends to determine compliance with fair housing laws and where appropriate, may file an agency initiated complaint with HUD, DFEH or in the courts on behalf of the community; FHCSFV staff works to address individual and systemic unfair and discriminatory lending practices.

Foreclosure Prevention – provides foreclosure education and clinics; default and budget counseling; financial assessment and document review to determine best options; loss mitigation assistance and discriminatory and predatory lending investigation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.