Fair Housing

The Housing Research & Advocacy Center's mission is to promote fair housing and diverse communities, and to work to eliminate housing discrimination in Northeast Ohio by providing effective research, education, and advocacy.

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Latest News

Housing Center & NEOCH Release Brochure on the Rights of People in Shelter

January 5th, 2017

Local residents experiencing homelessness have raised questions and concerns about their civil rights in shelter. The Housing Center partnered with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) to produce a new brochure addressing some common questions and concerns. Click here to view the new brochure.


Housing Research & Advocacy Center, National Fair Housing Alliance, and 19 Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Against Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae

December 5th, 2016

The lawsuit alleges racial discrimination by Fannie Mae in the maintenance of its real estate owned (REO) properties. The groups assessed the conditions of Fannie Mae properties in 38 metropolitan areas throughout the country over several years’ time and concluded that Fannie Mae fails to maintain its properties in middle- and working-class African American and […]


Housing Center Welcomes New Executive Director

March 2nd, 2016

The board and staff are excited to announce the appointment of Carrie Pleasants to Executive Director of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center. Ms. Pleasants had served as the Associate Director of The Housing Center since 2008. Please welcome Carrie and congratulate her on her new position at the Fair Housing Reception on April 28th!

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The Housing Center conducts respected, accurate, and accessible research on housing and lending patterns in Northeast Ohio and throughout the State which impacts policy and helps consumers. In addition to our annual State of Fair Housing in Northeast Ohio report, we produce a variety of reports, maps, and other publications examining fair housing and fair lending issues in the region, as well as foreclosure trends, subprime lending, and related matters.



The Housing Center's education program informs consumers of their rights and clarifies fair housing law to landlords, property managers, and real estate professionals. Our educational programming is dedicated to preventing future discrimination and assisting individuals in understanding. We also train social workers, attorneys, and other advocates to help their clients who might face discrimination in housing.



The Housing Center works with residents of Northeast Ohio by helping consumers understand their fair housing rights and assisting those who have victimized by housing discrimination through every step of the complaint process.

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