In addition to informing users about their housing rights, the app allows citizens to file housing discrimination complaints directly from their smartphones, making the process faster and easier, and eliminating the need to call the department or file a paper complaint.
The app also contains information directed towards the housing industry to inform developers and corporations about their responsibilities under the American Fair Housing Act.
“Having this first fair housing mobile application equips people everywhere with the information they need to combat housing discrimination”, said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
“We are maximising the latest technology to make the process for filing fair housing complaints faster and easier and arming our fair housing partners with the information they need to understand their fair housing rights and responsibilities.”
Developed by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and Hewlett Packard (HP), the app is currently available for free for iPhones and iPads.