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On behalf of our Commissioners and staff, I welcome you to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission's website. Our informational video will help you understand the services offered by the OCRC.

I invite you to contact us if we can be of assistance to you. 

G. Michael Payton, Executive Director 


April 13, 2016 - OCRC Cosponsoring Cincinnati Fair Housing Training on May 18

With the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will be helping to present a free training on the Fair Housing Act on May 18, 2016 in Cincinnati. The training will focus on the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act, disability rights laws, and making housing accessible through accommodations and modifications. The training event will be held at the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Leasing Office, 1088 W. Liberty St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45214. 

The training will be of particular interest to property managers, apartment project owners, developers, builders, accessibility organizations, disability rights advocates, attorneys, enforcement officials and government agencies.  Attending the full training will provide American Institute of Architects (AIA) members with 6 hours of AIA approved CEU credits. 

For more information and to register, click here.



April 11, 2016 - Nominations Accepted for the 2016 Civil Rights Hall of Fame 

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2016 induction class of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame, to be held on October 6, 2016. Along with sponsors Wright State University, Honda of America, and PNC, OCRC expects to welcome another extraordinary group of individuals who have served as change agents in our state and around the country. We encourage all Ohioans from across the state to nominate extraordinary individuals for induction this year. Click here for more information about the Hall of Fame and videos of previous ceremonies.

For more information about how to make a nomination for the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame, please see this year's nomination form


April 11, 2016 - April is Fair Housing Month

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is honoring Fair Housing Month with the theme, “Shared Opportunity in Every Community.” All month long, HUD and OCRC will celebrate the dream of having a safe and decent place to call "home" that reflects our shared belief that in this nation, opportunity and success are within everyone’s reach.  Under the Fair Housing Laws, every person is assured the opportunity to build a better life in the home or apartment of their choice – regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, military status or disability. We invite you to share this celebration with us by posting Fair Housing Month posters this April.  
  April 2016 HUD Fair Housing Poster 


Staff Celebrates Civil Rights with West Virginia's Human Rights Commission

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission's Executive Director Michael Payton, Administrative Law Judge Denise Johnson and Dayton Regional Director Norman Gibson were in Charleston, West Virginia on February 25, 2016 to celebrate the 13th Annual Governor's Civil Rights Day. The event, which was organized by West Virginia's Human Rights Commission, focused on "Advancing Civil Rights Through Advocacy," and included recognition of former Ohio State University President E. Gordan Gee. OCRC Staff Members are pictured below enjoying the celebration.



For more Ohio Civil Rights Commission news, click here for our Announcements Archives page



PDF Flyer for May 18, 2016 Fair Housing Training Event