Tamara Lowe
Tamra Lowe
Fair Housing
Equal Employment Opportunities
575 E. 7th St.
Chillicothe, Oh 45601
Office:740.773.8033
tamra.lowe@chillicotheoh.gov
 
 
 

Fair Housing & Equal Employment Opportunities

The EEO Director manages the City of Chillicothe's Workforce Diversity and ensures the City's compliance with the laws, regulations, policies, and guidance that prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, and veterans/military status. The office is primarily responsible for encouraging resolution and processing of EEO informal and formal complaints, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local EEO laws and regulations. In addition to complaints processing, the EEO Director is responsible for ensuring that City managers, elected officials, and employees are trained in EEO/Civil Rights/Protected Classes and will also provide training to agencies, schools, and organizations upon request.

The City of Chillicothe Fair Housing office provides education, outreach, and training in the area of Fair Housing, Protected Classes, and Landlord-Tenant Rights under the Ohio Revised Code.

If you or someone you know has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity in housing choices, please contact us immediately. Immediate and detailed documentation is important in fighting illegal housing discrimination.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is EEOs?

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) means freedom from discrimination on the basis of sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, and age. EEO rights are guaranteed by federal and state fair employment laws and are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its state counterparts.

What is Fair Housing?

Federal and State Laws as well as local ordinances prohibit housing discrimination (including the sale, rental, advertising, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions) based on protected classes: race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, military/verteran's status, and familial status (presence of children under 18 or pregnant female).

Training is conducted for direct beneficiaries of the City's housing grant programs including the Community Development Block Grant Allocation, Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and Downtown Reviltalization Grants. The City of Chillicothe is also required to conduct Fair Housing outreach effort/activities in a minimum of ten (10) locations or events throughout the community.

Housing Discrimination complaints are filed with the Ohio Civil Right Commission (State Enforcement Agency) and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/HUD (Federal Enforcement Agency).

The Ohio Revised Code (section 5321) covers Landlord-Tenant Relationships, rights and responsibities in Ohio, including the City of Chillicothe, and applies to most tenant-landlord relationships and to most lease/rental agreements whether oral or written.

What are some warning signs of housing discrimination?

"Sorry, I can't allow wheelchairs in this unit."

"We only rent to working people."

"This house isn't safe for kids."

"The apartment I told you about on the phone has already been rented."

For housing companies and landlords.

Discrimination in the sale or rental of a housing is not as rare an occurance as one would expect. A discrimination lawsuit can end up costing a company or landlord valuable time and money. By attending Fair-Housing and Landlord-Tenant training, a company is able to avoid mistakes and greatly reduce the risk of a costly lawsuit.

What is Affirmative Action?

Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) define an employer's standard for proactively recruiting, hiring, and promoting women, minorities, disabled individuals, and verterans. Affirmative Action is deemed a moral and social obligation to amend historical wrongs and eliminate the present effects of past discrimination.

What is Workforce Diversity?

Diversity initiatives are goals devised to measure acceptance of minorities by embracing cultural differances within the workplace. Diversity initiatives are twofold: valuing diversity and managing diversity. The value of diversity is achieved through awareness, education, and positive recognition of cultural differences within the workplace.

The combination of required or voluntary AAPs and diversity indicatives create opportunity for cultural inclusion, respect for differences, acceptance, and respect for all workers.

 

Helpful Links and Contacts

 

Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC)

www.crc.ohio.gov
1.800.278.7101

 

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD Website

 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

www.eeoc.gov

 

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

www.seols.org
740.773.0012

 

Chillicothe Municipal Court

www.chillicothemunicipalcourt.org
740.773.3515

 

Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority

(Public Housing & Section 8 Voucher Program)

740.775.7881

 

Ross County Fair Housing

(Housing Discrimination outside of municipal limits of Chillicothe)

www.rossplanningandbuilding.com
740.702.3008

 

Chillicothe Job Bank

(includes City of Chillicothe employment opportunities when available)

www.southcentraljobs.com

 

Ohio Tenant Landlord Law

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/5321

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