Fair Housing Trends
Tuesday, November 7: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
This session will provide an interesting highlight of fair housing cases over the last several years across different aspects of the housing industry. A brief overview of the federally protected classes and additional protected classes in Ohio will be covered.
Jonathan (Jon) Duy, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Jonathan Duy joined OHFA in 2011 and assumed his current position in 2014. Since 2006, Duy has served as a licensed real estate agent in central and northeastern Ohio and passionately believes in homeownership. Prior to joining OHFA's Office of Homeownership, he worked on OHFA's statewide foreclosure prevention effort and for a public housing consulting firm. He is accredited by the Division of Real Estate as a continuing education provider. Duy holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Planning and Geographical Information Systems from Cleveland State University.
Ronnell Tomlinson, Ohio Civil Rights Commission
Mr. Ronnell Tomlinson is the Director of Housing Enforcement and Director of Mediation/ADR Services for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He also serves as the Commission's liaison with U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) working closely with HUD in the administration of housing cases. Together with the Commission's Executive Director and Director of Operations, Mr. Tomlinson works to develop and implement the Commission's housing and mediation policies and procedures. He conducts public relations activities, diversity training, gives both mediation and housing presentations at Colleges and Universities as well as to employees of public and private entities, and he coordinates program activities with private and public agencies, disability advocacy agencies, and other fair housing advocacy groups. He is a nationally recognized expert in housing discrimination cases serving on panels and providing training to attendees HUD's national policy conferences and regional trainings. In 2009, Mr. Tomlinson received the Commission's Director's Award â€“ the agency's highest acknowledgement of service.
Stella Adams, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Stella Adams is the Chief of Civil Rights at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. She is a nationally recognized expert in fair housing, predatory lending, mortgage fraud and investigation techniques. Most recently Stella served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the National Fair Housing Training Academy. She has also appeared on national television programs such as Melissa Harris-Perry and Fault Lines, and frequently appeared in national and local newspapers. She is well known for her relentless commitment to underserved people and for pushing to hold accountable institutions that discriminate in lending and housing. In 2013, Legal Aid of North Carolina honored her by establishing an annual award in her name: "The Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocacy Award." In 2014, she was awarded "The Woman of the Year Award," by Spectacular Magazine. She has received numerous other awards from the NAACP, the City of Durham, the National Association of Human Rights Workers, and the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Darlene Sweeney-Newbern, Ohio Civil Rights Commission
Darlene Sweeney-Newbern is the Toledo Regional Director of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. She has over 14 years of experience in investigating and supervising fair housing and employment issues. She has investigated and/or supervised insurance redlining charges filed against Farmers Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Allstate Insurance, State Farm Insurance, and Prudential Insurance to name a few. Ms. Newbern has worked closely with the Attorney General's Office in Ohio, Advocacy groups and Civil Rights Enforcement agency in Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio to expedite, educate, train and provide assistance in investigating all types of housing charges. Ms. Newbern has been a presenter at the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) National Fair Housing Conferences in 2000, 2002 and 2003 as well as various conferences around the United States. Ms. Sweeney-Newbern received a bachelor degree of business from the University of Toledo.