Project Sentinel is a non-profit organization. Our primary function is to assist individuals with housing problems such as discrimination, mortgage foreclosure & delinquency, rental issues including repairs, deposits, privacy, dispute resolution, home buyer education, post purchase education and reverse mortgages.
Our Mission: To develop and promote fairness and equality of housing for all persons and to advocate peaceful resolution of disputes for community welfare and harmony.
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 since it was founded. It is now the largest such agency in Northern California serving an overall population of 3.5 million. Project Sentinel has been a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency since 1998.
Project Sentinel processes more than 10,000 initial contacts annually. We handle over 600 housing discrimination complaints, open over 1700 landlord tenant and community dispute resolution cases, counsel more than 750 homeowners each year and provide monthly workshops on a variety of topics including Homeownership, Tenant/Landlord and Fair Housing.
The agency also provides support to cities and counties in developing their “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing,” and a wide array of technical assistance to property management professionals/owners and local municipalities. We publish the semi-weekly newspaper column, Rent Watch, in major California newspapers and operate a Housing Hotline, (888)FAIRHOUsing.
Project Sentinel has offices located in Fremont, Gilroy, Modesto, Morgan Hill, Redwood City, San Jose, Santa Clara. Project Sentinel’s work has been featured on both television and radio; our staff is regularly called upon by the larger local newspapers as a resource for information on housing issues. Those needing assistance can phone, email, fax or visit an agency office.
Many of Project Sentinel programs are free, however several of our programs charge a nominal fee. Please review the Project Sentinel HUD fee schedule.