Malicious harassment that targets homeless people is illegal. Download this file to learn more about how to report hate crimes to the police and how to protect yourself: Hate Crimes and Homelessness: What to do if it happens to you.

Where to file a discrimination complaint

Seattle Office For Civil Rights
(206) 684-4500

Seattle Police Department Office of Professional Accountability
206-684-8797 or e-mail at

King County Office of Civil Rights

Washington State Human Rights Commission
(800) 233-3247

US Department of Housing & Urban Development
(800) 669-9777

US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
(206) 607-1600

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(800) 669-4000

Regional Civil Rights Commissions

King County Civil Rights Commission
(206) 296-8610

City of Federal Way Diversity Commission
(253) 835-2650

City of SeaTac Human Relations Advisory Committee

City of Tukwila Equity and Diversity Commission
(206) 433-1800

City of Auburn Multicultural Roundtable
(253) 876-1965

City of SeaTac Human Relations Commission
(206) 973-4800

City of Renton Advisory Commission on Diversity
(425) 430-6615

Where to find help

Washington Law Help
Predatory Lending Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Possible protections to end discrimination in housing and employment based on arrest / conviction record

Public safety concerns all of us. Currently, when people have done their time and leave prison, it is often difficult to find housing and employment. Adding protections to end discrimination in housing and employment based on arrest or conviction records is one strategy to help support people's re-entry, and to decrease the likelihood of re-offending. The proposal would amend the City's current anti-discrimination laws to limit the ways an employer or housing provider can use arrest or conviction records when deciding to hire, fire, promote or take other employment actions, or when deciding to rent, evict or take other housing actions.

Background and Fact Sheet

Responding to concerns

Proposed ordinance draft language

Questions about the criminal records proposal from the 3/16/11 public forum