Fair Housing


The City of Lorain’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning’s Fair Housing Administrator is tasked with promoting economic opportunities through the elimination of housing discrimination, by promoting diverse, inclusive neighborhoods throughout the city. Federal, state and city fair housing laws protect people from discrimination on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • National Origin
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnic Group
  • Vietnam-era or Disabled Veteran Status
  • Familial Status
  • Marital Status
  • Ancestry


In addition, housing providers who are recipients of U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding, have loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), as well as lenders may be subjected to HUD and City of Lorain regulations to insure equal access to all.

Resources & Information

The City of Lorain seeks to further its diversity and provide opportunities through the enforcement of Chapter 136 of the local codified ordinances pertaining to Fair Housing. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, or have general inquiries pertaining to Fair Housing, please contact Housing Development Coordinator, Sarah Karpinski at 440-204-2303 or Sarah_Karpinski@cityoflorain.org.

For Fair Housing Board meeting information, agendas & minutes visit the Fair Housing Board page found HERE.

Filing a Complaint  

To file a Fair Housing Complaint, the resident must complete the Fair Housing Complaint form, and email the completed form to Housing Development Coordinator, Sarah Karpinski at Sarah_Karpinski@cityoflorain.org.

Alternatively, the resident may drop off or mail the completed form to:

City of Lorain
Fair Housing Board
200 W. Erie Avenue, 5th Floor
Lorain, OH 44052

Fair Housing Complaint Form

Additional Resources

In addition to the City of Lorain's commitment to Fair Housing, there are many housing resources available to residents and services available for those facing an eviction.

Landlord-Tenant Basics (Arrendadores e Inquilinos, Cuestiones Básicas)

Rent Deposit/Escrow (Depósito del Alquiler)

Rent EscrowCity of Lorain-Clerk of Courts440-204-2140www.cityoflorain.org/219/Lorain-Municipal-Court
Housing & Rental AssistanceUnited Way211www.211lorain.org
Landlord/Tenant IssueLegal Aid Society/Elyria Office440-324-1121lasclev.org/get-help/housing
Health InspectionLorain County Health District440-322-6367www.loraincountyhealth.com


Fair Housing Documents