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Civil Rights and 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.

The Civil Rights and Fair Housing material contained herein is to ensure that Office of Community Development (OCD) program recipients comply with all applicable nondiscrimination and equal opportunity statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders that apply to the distribution of these funds. All recipients and their sub-recipients must comply with a variety of civil rights laws and program-specific statutes with nondiscrimination requirements.

All grantees must evaluate their program designs and assure that opportunities are made available to all eligible persons on an equal opportunity basis and eliminates racial and ethnic segregation, illegal physical and other barriers to persons with disabilities, and other discriminatory practices in housing and housing-related services.