A record number of housing discrimination complaints were filed last year, most alleging discrimination based on disability.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received 10,552 complaints in 2008, more than ever before. Of those, 44 percent indicated disability as the cause of the alleged discrimination.

The data, included in an annual report to Congress, includes housing discrimination complaints made directly to HUD and those made to state and local agencies that work with HUD. All complaints must specify one of seven reasons for discrimination including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status.

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Between 2005 and 2008, complaints based on disability grew by 3 percent.

Those with concerns about housing discrimination can contact HUD at (800) 669-9777 or click here for more information.