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Fair Housing

Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) programs that include U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are subject to federal civil rights and fair housing laws.  These requirements pertain specifically to ODSA's Office of Community Development (OCD) programs that distribute Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.


Richland County and its community partners are dedicated to removing barriers to housing choice in our community by enforcing the federal, state, and local fair housing laws. These laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, marital status, military status, or physical or mental impediment. In addition the county and Regional Planning Commission will work to address practices, programs, and behaviors that restrict housing choice for protected classes.


Richland County has contracted with the City of Mansfield’s Community Development Office (Community Development) to provide standard fair housing services for Richland County that shall meet or exceed the requirements for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The fair housing services will include:


  1. Handling citizen complaints and concerns

  2. Providing fair housing educational outreach

  3. Developing and distributing educational material regarding fair housing

  4. Evaluation of fair housing issues in Richland County

To access information, brochures and resources about Fair Housing, click here.


**Richland County has completed an "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice". The County will receive comments and consider them before finalization to the Office of Community Development at the Ohio Department of Development on or before June 31. Please submit any comments in writing to; CDBG Administrator, 19 N main Street, Mansfield Ohio 44902 or email** To view Richland County's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, click here. 

Reporting a Fair Housing Violation

If you need to report a Fair Housing Act violation, first contact your local Fair Housing Office,

or you can contact either the Ohio Civil Rights Commission or HUD.

City of Mansfield and Richland County Fair Housing Contacts

Adrian Ackerman

Department of Community Development

30 North Diamond St

Mansfield, OH 44902 

(419) 755-9796

Jotika Shetty

Richland County Regional Planning

19 North Main St

Mansfield, OH 44902 

(419) 774-5684

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Discrimination Hotline can be reached at

(800) 669-9777 

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