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Fair Housing Act Title VIII
- The Fair Housing Act prohibits discriminatory practices in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Read the act as it was adopted on the website of the US Department of Justice.
Local Nonprofit Fair Housing Org.
Cleveland Tenants Organization
Organization providing information about the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law to landlords and tenants.
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
A non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance to indigent clients in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Ashtabula, and Geauga counties.
Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)
A coalition of organizations and individuals committed to ending homelessness and to promoting decent, safe, fair, affordable housing for all persons.
Fair Housing Govt. Agencies
Fair Housing Board: City of Cleveland
- The Fair Housing Board of the City of Cleveland was established in 2000 to ensure all Cleveland citizens receive fair and equitable treatment in purchasing or renting housing or commercial property. See what kind of ordinances that the city has enacted to ensure that the civil rights of citizens are protected in real estate related transactions.
State Agencies
Ohio Civil Rights Commission
- The Ohio Civil Rights Commission addresses discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability in employment, housing, and public accomodations. Learn about how to file a charge of discrimination or find a satellite office near you.
Ohio Department of Development - Office of Housing and Community Partnerships
Government entity providing financial and technical assistance to units of local government and nonprofit organizations in Ohio for project activities which benefit low- and moderate-income citizens.
Statewide Organizations
Ohio State Legal Services Association
Agency providing free legal representation to low income clients in a number of civil legal problems, including the areas of housing and discrimination.
National Information
The National Fair Housing Advocate Online
The National Fair Housing Advocate Online is a resource designed to serve both the fair housing advocacy community and the general public with timely news and information regarding the issues of housing discrimination.
Federal Agencies and REsources
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- The mission of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. Learn about how HUD ensures equal access to housing, guarantees equal opportunity in all HUD programs and prohibits, to a limited extent, discrimination in employment with respect to HUD programs.
US Department of Justice: Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
- The US Department of Justice is responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination legislation including the the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits discrimination in credit, and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters.

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