The Dayton Human Relations Council is able to offer services for those who have experienced specific instances of discrimination that challenged or hindered your ability to obtain housing, employment, public accommodations and credit transactions within the City of Dayton. However, we know there are many instances of discrimination which do not fall within our jurisdiction. We have provided a list of resources which can aid in combating other forms of discrimination and discriminatory actions outside of our jurisdiction.
Ohio Civil Rights Commission – The primary educator and enforcer of Ohio’s state-level anti-discrimination laws.
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center – Encourages fair housing practices through education; assists those who may be victims of housing discrimination; identifies barriers to fair housing practices; works with government to improve fair housing laws; and takes action to ensure laws are properly enforced throughout the Miami Valley.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – The federal agency charged with ensuring employers do not discriminate against employment candidates or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – The federal HUD office is only able to provide information on fair housing practices. If your research on the HUD website reveals that you have been unfairly discriminated against (and the incident did not occur within the City of Dayton), you may contact HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for Ohio.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) – The legal advocates of ABLE and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) are non-profit regional law firms that provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, equal justice and economic opportunity. They provide a full range of legal services including legal advice, negotiation, litigation and community education to low-income residents of 32 northwest and western Ohio counties. They have offices in Dayton, Defiance, Fremont, Lima, Sandusky, Springfield and Toledo.
- Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC)
- (Note: If you live outside of the city of Dayton limits, contact the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. OCRC addresses all types of discrimination outside of the city of Dayton’s jurisdiction.)
- Legal Aid Society of Dayton, Ohio
- Information On R.C.G.O. Municipal Ordinances
- Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (MVFHC)
- National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)