Housing, Shelter

The Equal Rights Center

  • Washington, DC
  • www.equalrightscenter.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the ERC is to identify, challenge, and eliminate discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and government services through education, research, testing, counseling, enforcement, and advocacy.

Service Areas

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District of Columbia

The Washington DC metropolitan area; nationwide

ruling year

1985

Principal Officer

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Rabbi Dr. Bruce E. Kahn

Keywords

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discrimination, fair housing, fair employment, human rights, race, national origin, immigrants rights, religion, sex, disability, law, enforcement

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EIN

52-1297949

 Number

2150697370

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

The major operating programs of the ERC include the Fair Housing Program, the Fair Employment Program, the Disability Rights Program and the Immigrant Rights Program.

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Service Areas

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District of Columbia

The Washington DC metropolitan area; nationwide

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The Equal Rights Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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The Equal Rights Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rabbi Dr. Bruce E. Kahn

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Rabbi Dr. Bruce E. Kahn began his work in fair housing in 1978 as a volunteer tester for HOME in Richmond, VA. In 1983 he became a founding board member of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington and continued this board service when the FHCGW merged with the Fair Employment Council of Greater Washington to become the Equal Rights Center. After serving from 1974-76 on active duty as a Navy Chaplain, he transferred to the Naval Reserve from which he retired in 2002 as a Navy Captain.

During his military career, he received ten awards including two Meritorious Service medals. From 1976-2001 he provided full time ministry to synagogues, including 21 as the senior rabbi of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD, at which he is now the Rabbi Emeritus. He also founded and served fifteen years as the president of a charity called Jewish People for Righteous Giving. It raises funds for numerous agencies engaged in combating hunger, spousal and child abuse, homelessness, illness, ignorance and hate. Over the years he held a great many posts in both the religious and secular communities.

After serving on the board of the ERC for 21 years, he became the ERC Executive Director on June 23, 2004. Rabbi Kahn attended the University of Cincinnati and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He holds five degrees, four earned and one honorary."

Governance

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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