The Metropolitan St Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council

aka EHOC   |   Saint Louis, MO   |  www.ehocstl.org

Mission

The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) works to ensure equal access to housing for all through education, counseling, investigation and enforcement. EHOC is the only private, nonprofit fair housing enforcement agency in Missouri and southern Illinois. EHOC serves the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in both Missouri and Illinois.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Will Jordan

Main address

1027 South Vandeventer Ave 6th Floor

Saint Louis, MO 63110

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EIN

43-1604756

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Fair Housing Intake and Investigations

The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) takes complaints of housing discrimination based on one's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status and disability. EHOC also accepts complaints based on ancestry (Missouri), sexual orientation and source of income (City of St. Louis), public assistance status (City of St. Charles), sexual orientation (University City), and age 40+, ancestry, marital status, military status / unfavorable discharge from military, and sexual orientation (Illinois). EHOC accepts complaints of discrimination in rental, sales, mortgage lending, zoning spheres. EHOC counsels complainants, assists them in finding alternative housing if applicable, investigates their complaints, and assists them through the process of filing a complaint and obtaining redress from the discrimination they have suffered. EHOC investigates complaints using the process of housing discrimination testing to uncover discrimination.

Population(s) Served

The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) provides training for home seekers as well as for housing providers, architects/builders/developers, local governments, real estate agents, and lenders about their rights and responsibilities to fair housing. EHOC offers a 45-minute basic fair housing training targeted to consumers, first time home buyers, social service agencies, immigrant groups, homeless shelters, which EHOC offiers to already established groups at their sites. EHOC offers the following in-depth trainings:

Fair Housing for Housing Providers
A 3-hour in-depth presentation for landlords, leasing agents, maintenance staff, shelter staff, supportive living staff and others who provide housing. Participants will learn about the history and background of the Fair Housing Act; will gain an understanding of the impact of discrimination in our society; will be able to list the protected classes under federal, state and local laws; and will understand how to apply the laws to their profession. Participants will test their understanding of fair housing with a quiz and will practice their knowledge with group exercises. Participants will be given tools to assist them in following the Fair Housing Act, including guidance on how to advertise their properties. Examples cited will relate to rental transactions.

Fair Housing for Real Estate Agents
A 3-hour in-depth presentation for those in real estate sales. This presentation has received certification through Missouri Real Estate Commission and Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate for Continuing Education credit for licensed real estate agents. Participants will learn about the history and background of the Fair Housing Act; will gain an understanding of the impact of discrimination in our society; will be able to list the protected classes under federal, state and local laws; and will understand how to apply the laws to their profession. Participants will be given tools to assist them in following the Fair Housing Act, including guidance on how to advertise their properties. Participants will test their understanding of fair housing with a quiz and will practice their knowledge with group exercises. Examples cited will relate to real estate sales transactions.

Accessibility Requirements of the Fair Housing Act
This 3.5 hour training is geared towards architects, builders, developers, and owners of new multifamily housing (apartmentsm condominiums and congregate housing). The training covers the 7 accessibility requirements under the Fair Housing Act, as amended in 1988, which apply to new multifamily housing (4+ attached units) built for first use after March 13, 1991:

an accessible entrance on an accessible route;

accessible public and common use areas;

an accessible route into and through the dwelling unit;

usable doors;

accessible light switches, outlets and environmental controls;

reinforced walls in the bathroom for the later installation of grab bars;

usable kitchens and bathrooms.

 

Participants will develop an understanding of what developments are covered by the Act; which floors / units are covered by the Act; how the Fair Housing Act relates to and can overlap with other civil rights laws, accessibility standards and building codes; what the detailed technical requirements are; what are the safe harbors for complying with the Act; what are the common violations; and what the liabilities are for violating the Act.

Fair Housing for Public Housing Authorities
A 3 hour in-depth training for management, caseworkers, maintenance, development staff, Section 8 program staff and other staff of public housing authorities. Participants will learn about the history and background of the Fair Housing Act; will gain an understanding of the impact of discrimination in our society; will be able to list the protected classes under federal, state and local laws; and will understand how to apply the laws to their profession. Participants will learn about additional civil rights protections in federally subsidized housing, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and regulations on providing equal access to persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Participants will test their understanding of fair housing with a quiz and will practice their knowledge with group exercises. Examples cited will relate to public housing.

Fair Housing for Local Governments
A 3-hour in-depth training for local elected officials, planning and zoning commissioners and staff, code enforcement staff / building inspectors, community development staff and other local government personnel. Participants will learn about the history and background of the Fair Housing Act; will gain an understanding of the impact of discrimination in our society; will be able to list the protected classes under federal, state and local laws; and will understand how to apply the laws to their profession. Participants will learn about significant fair housing cases involving local governments, including Elgin, IL; Black Jack, MO; Valley Park, MO and others. Presenter will demonstrate how fair housing issues impact local decisions on planning, zoning, code enforcement, building code adoption and occupancy standards.

Real Estate Advertising Training
This 2-hour workshop is geared towards newspaper classified advertising staff, internet real estate advertising providers, real estate magazine publishers and others who make, publish or print real estate ads. This training provides a background of the Fair Housing Act and provide guidance relating to: use of publisher's statement; use of EHO logo or slogan; use of words relating to real estate advertising; and use of human models.

Fair Housing for Senior Housing Providers
Retirement communities, assisted living centers, nursing homes, CCRCs and other types of senior housing have distinctive fair housing issues. This 3-hour in-depth training covers issues of whether or not a housing provider meets the religious exemption of the Fair Housing Act; the use of human models; how to meet licensing requirements and abide by the Fair Housing Act; and disability issues in detail. Participants will learn from numerous fair housing cases filed against senior housing providers about how fair housing applies to their profession.

Population(s) Served

EHOC provides a Landlord - Tenant Hotline to assist persons who are experiencing a housing crisis. The Tenant Advocate educates callers on their rights and responsibilities, helps tenants identify their property owners' address and contact information, drafts letters to tenants' housing providers, helps tenants obtain building / health inspections, assists tenants in locating safe and affordable housing, and refers tenants to EHOC's legal department or fair housing intake section. The Tenant Advocate also refers callers to partner agencies which can help with rental / deposit assistance, emergency shelter, and other resources. Common issues that EHOC assists with are: repairs, lock-outs, improper notices to vacate, utility shut-offs, condemnations, security deposit refunds, property foreclosures and evictions.

 

EHOC employs a staff attorney which provides legal representation for tenants. Priority is given to tenants who have fair housing issues. EHOC provides legal services to tenants who otherwise would not have access to an attorney. EHOC trains law students to assist with providing legal services under Rule 13.

Population(s) Served

The St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA) is a community coalition which works to increase investment in low-income and minority communities. The alliance is facilitated by EHOC staff, who also conduct research on banks and entitlement jurisdictions to ensure that banks are meeting their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws, and that entitlement jurisdictions are affirmatively furthering fair housing. The Alliance partners with banks and entitlement jurisdictions to help identify community needs in minority and low-income communities.

Population(s) Served

EHOC conducts research to examine systemic issues of discrimination occurring in housing markets. This research often lays the groundwork for effective enforcement of fair housing laws. EHOC also uses the research as a basis to educate policy makers about issues of persistent discrimination.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence as a Fair Housing Initiatives Program 2008

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Governor's Human Rights Award 2005

Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn

Social Action Award 2008

Midwest Sociological Society

What's Right with the Region Award 2004

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The Metropolitan St Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sonja McClendon

Retired, U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (For identification purposes only)

Term: 2008 -

Sonja McClendon

Retired Investigator, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (For identification purposes only)

Ann Lever

Retired, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (For identification purposes only.)

Cynthia Jordan

Banking

Valerie Bell

Attorney

Hedy Epstein

Retired, former staff of Freedom of Residence

Steven Gunn

Attorney, Ryals and Breed, Former Director of Legal Clinic, Washington University (For identification purposes only)

Samuel Henderson

Attorney, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale (For identification purposes only)

Nate Johnson

Broker, Real Estate Solutions (For identification purposes only)

Eric Kohring

Architectural Specialist, Paraquad (For identification purposes only)

Dennis Lavallee

Director, Council of Construction Consumers (For identification purposes only)

Eric Madkins

Director of Housing Programs, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (For identification purposes only)

Miriam Mahan

Executive Director, Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Services (For Identification purposes only)

Sandy Payan

LINC Inc. Center for Independent Living, Belleville (For identification purposes only)

Karlla Philpot Dozier

Attorney, Brown and James (For identification purposes only)

John Farley

Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (For identification purposes only)