One week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Fair Housing Act (FHA) was passed. The FHA protects homebuyers and renters from discrimination by sellers or landlords due to their race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability and familial status. Additional protections against housing discrimination are provided by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Project Sentinel is a fair housing agency whose mission is to ensure that the protections promised by the FHA and FEHA are kept. Whether its investigating possible race or gender discrimination due to discriminatory comments made by a property manager; ensuring that families with children are not burdened by overly restrictive child supervision rules; preventing the eviction of a survivor of domestic violence; making sure that recent immigrants have an equal opportunity to gain housing; or requesting that a disabled tenant be allowed to keep an emotional service animal; PS has and stands ready to assist Sacramentans in exercising their fair housing rights.
PS, together with its partners the Renters' Helpline and the Legal Services of Northern California, provides an array of services to the residents of Sacramento County and the City of West Sacramento. These services may include educating housing actors about their fair housing rights and responsibilities, conciliating fair housing disputes, or representing aggrieved tenants and homebuyers in legal proceedings. PS also investigates claims of housing discrimination through testing and surveying of properties.
Project Sentinel was founded in 1971 by a group of leaders from the corporate, educational and labor communities, as well as community fair housing advocates. The agency has grown steadily and is now the largest fair housing advocacy agency in Northern California serving an overall population of 3.5 million. Project Sentinel has offices located in Sacramento, Modesto, Fremont, Gilroy, Redwood City, Milpitas, and Santa Clara.