Parma Heights Hosts Landlord/Tenant Fair Housing Seminar
Parma Heights has a long, proud history of supporting fair housing and to help ensure that that will always be the case in our town, we are once again hosting a Fair Housing & Landlord/Tenant Rights class on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Police Training Classroom in the Greenbrier Commons, 6200 Pearl Road, Parma Heights. Seating is limited. The class is free to the public.
Darlene English, Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Housing Research & Advocacy Center, and representatives from the Cleveland Tenants Organization will present information regarding the responsibilities of landlords and tenants and how federal law prohibits rental discrimination with regard to religion, race, ethnic background or disability.
The mission of Cleveland Tenants Organization is to preserve and expand the supply of safe, decent, fair, affordable and accessible rental housing in Greater Cleveland. The Housing Research & Advocacy Center is a non-profit fair housing agency that promotes fair housing and diverse communities, and works to eliminate housing discrimination in Northeast Ohio by providing effective research, education and advocacy.
The Fair Housing policy for the City of Parma Heights has been updated regularly to mirror federal law. The policy is available for viewing on our website: www.parmaheightsoh.gov and I have included it here for easy reference:
PARMA HEIGHTS SUPPORTS FAIR HOUSING
The City of Parma Heights is a community historically open and accessible to any and all persons without exception or exclusion. Our first Fair Housing Resolution was adopted in 1968 and in 1996, the city adopted a Fair Housing Ordinance, which was updated in December, 2011.
The Fair Housing Ordinance provides for Fair Housing throughout the city, assuring that all persons have full and equal opportunity to consider all available housing for themselves and their families within the city without being discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, familial status, national origin or military status and to promote a stable racially integrated community.
The Fair Housing Ordinance also established a Fair Housing Review Board to mediate any complaints of discriminatory housing practices.
Any resident or prospective resident of Parma Heights who feels they are being discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, familial status, national origin or military status or needs further information, are asked to contact Housing Coordinator Michelle Teresi at 440-884-9607.