The Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is conducting a study to examine the civil rights impact of source of income discrimination in Ohio housing.
In this study, the Committee seeks to examine the impact of source of income discrimination and related fair housing concerns on housing disparities based on race, color, disability status, national origin, age, religion, sex and/or familial status. The Committee will also consider the extent to which specific state or local policies and practices may contribute to identified disparities, as well as alternative practices or recommendations with the demonstrated potential to address such concerns.
Through a series of public meetings, the Committee will hear testimony from academic experts, community leaders, advocates, lawyers, members of the general public, and housing and government officials. All meetings are open to the public and will include a reserved time for public comment. Closed captions will be provided. Please contact Sarah Villanueva at [email protected] 10 days prior to the desired meeting date to request other accommodations.
Written comments may be submitted to Sarah Villanueva at [email protected] throughout the duration of the study. The Committee will issue its findings and recommendations in a report to the Commission after all testimony has been received.
Committee Chair Lee Strang said, "The Ohio Advisory Committee is charged to investigate to protect civil rights for all Ohioans. This study will review a wide variety of perspectives and sources of information to evaluate whether, to what extent, and why source of income discrimination occurs in Ohio, and propose policy responses."