December 12, 2017

Fair Housing Counseling

Jose Luiz Gonzalez, Fair Housing Coordinator (661) 862-5038
Bilingual: English & Spanish

Federal and state laws provide that it is unlawful "to discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, handicap, national origin or ancestry."

Under the Community Development Block Grant Program, the County of Kern operates a Fair Housing Program under Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 aimed at combating illegal discrimination in housing.

Fair Housing Arts Contest

Each year the Kern County Fair Housing Program works with the Bakersfield Board of Realtors to bring the Annual Fair Housing Arts Contest to local schools and/or after school programs. Participation is open to all children K-12 grade. Please see the following links for details and entry form.

For further information please contact Jose Luiz Gonzalez at (661) 862-5038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Fair Housing Services

  • Education Activities - Provide brochures, posters, presentations to the public, poster/essay contest in the schools, public service announcements, community outreach activities.
  • Hotline Service - Any person who believes they are discriminated against unfairly in the matter of housing issues may contact us. County and City will take calls from people in their respective jurisdiction.
  • Investigation/Testing - Investigate the validity of a discrimination complaint.
  • Mediation - Serve as a mediator and offer a resolution to the conflict between two parties. The program is not an enforcement agency, but an impartial third party.
  • Coordination - Provide connecting links between groups, agencies, individuals and private enterprises that are involved in fair housing that will enhance the delivery of fair housing services.

For further information, contact the Planning and Natural Resources at (661) 862-5050


Public Services Building
2700 M Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301-2370

Phone: 661-862-8600
FAX: 661-862-8601
TTY Relay: 800-735-2929
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