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Fair Housing is a right protected by federal and state laws.  Fair housing means you may freely choose a place to live without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, or because you are disabled or have children in your family.   


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 About Us  

The Stark County Fair Housing Department (SCFHD) is dedicated to the elimination of housing discrimination and the enforcement of fair housing laws.  The staff strives to ensure equal opportunities in housing to all residents.  The SCFHD covers all of Stark County with the exception of the cities of Canton and Massillon.  The department contracts with the city of Alliance to administer their fair housing program.

For Fair Housing in the City of Canton, go to http://cantonohio.gov/fairhousing/ 

For Fair Housing in the City of Massillon, go to http://www.massillonohio.com/housing/index.htm

To assure that equal housing opportunity for all is being provided, the SCFHD will: 

  •       Counsel you on your fair housing rights;

  •       Counsel you on landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities;

  •       Process and investigate your fair housing complaint;

  •       Sponsor educational workshops and seminars;

  •       Monitor discrimination compliance;

  •       Provide relevant housing literature. 

  Our Mission

The Stark County Fair Housing Department’s mission is to eliminate housing discrimination, racial and sexual harassment and to ensure housing opportunities for all people regardless of a person’s race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, handicap or familial status.  In furthering this goal, the department promotes equal housing opportunity through leadership, education, and outreach.  The department identifies barriers to fair housing in order to help counteract and eliminate discriminatory housing practices.  All appropriate and necessary actions are taken to ensure that fair housing laws are properly and fairly enforced throughout the cities of Alliance, Canton, and Stark County. 

Contact us

Fair Housing Opens Doors! 

The Fair Housing Laws protect you, but only if you report unfair treatment.  It is up to you to make the call if you feel your rights have been violated.  If you suspect that you have been discriminated against, contact: 

Stark County Regional Planning Commission


201 Third Street NE, Suite 201

Canton, Ohio 44702 

Phone:  (330) 451-7775

Fax:  (330) 451-7990 or (330) 451-7491

Valerie Watson, Coordinator



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