FHAA is a non-profit fair housing organization dedicated to supporting the fair housing policy of the United States of America which states “It is the policy of the United States to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States.” FHAA supports this policy by identifying, challening, and eliminating discrimination in housing through education, counseling, advocacy, testing, and enforcement.

FHAA provides support and assistance to persons, including tenants, landlords, and homeowners who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or handicap. Examples of such assistance include, the FHAA assisting:

• Bernard, a physically disabled man whose landlord failed to design and construct his bathroom and kitchen in an accessible manner as required by fair housing accessibility requirements.

• Michelle, a single mother of three children whose application and security deposit were returned to her because the landlord did not want to rent to families which had three or more children.

• Dontia, an African-American woman whose family was subjected to racial harassment by her neighbor’s boyfriend who allegedly burned a cross in her yard and used racial epithets and slurs.

• Deborah, a woman whose landlord allegedly tried to evict her after she refused his pleas to have a relationship with him in exchange for a waiver of rent.

• African-American neighborhoods in Zanesville, Ohio that was allegedly denied public water service, while such public water service was provided to surrounding non-minority neighborhoods.

In the pursuit of promoting equal housing opportunities, the FHAA works with officials from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). It has also partnered with Westfield Insurance to promote equal housing opportunities and homeownership and it is an operating member of the National Fair Housing Alliance.

The staff and legal counsel of the FHAA have over 37 years cumulative experience in providing fair housing services to victims of housing discrimination and housing providers or insurance providers seeking to be educated on their rights and responsibilities under fair housing and equal housing opportunity laws. Its executive staff has set or sits on several local, state, or national boards such as the Summit County Advisory Board, the Summit County Housing Network, the Summit County Housing Trust Fund, the Ohio Fair Housing Congress, and the National Fair Housing Alliance.

FHAA’s efforts to be a voice of fair housing have not gone unrecognized. In August 1999, it received an Invaluable Service Award from Bank One, now Chase Bank. In August 2000, as one of the top 50 fair housing programs in the country, it received a 2000 Best Practices Award from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). In February 2001, it received recognition from James B. McCarthy, county executive, for its efforts in working with Summit County to provide housing opportunities for all persons. In 2004, led by efforts of Senator Kimberly Zurz (OH-28th District), it received an “Exemplary Achievement” recognition from the Ohio Senate for “enhanc[ing] the quality of life in our society.”

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