What We Are
The Ohio Fair Lending Coalition is a collaboration of organizations across the state of Ohio banding together to address fair lending and banking issues. Formed in 1989, researchers, consumer advocates, academics, and legal experts analyze and provide a sharp focus on disparate lending in the state of Ohio, with a more recent focus on Cleveland specifically. Since 2005, when foreclosures became an explosive issue, housing became an additional major focus. Reflecting this change, the coalition added an additional arm called the Fair Lending and Vital Communities Coalition. The Fair Lending and Vital Communities Coalition takes responsibility for the Annual Conference and Forum Series, while the original Ohio Fair Lending Coalition remains dedicated to their work with CRA agreements, bank challenges, and research.
Who We Are
Charles H. Bromley, founder and director of the Ohio Fair Lending Coalition, has had a career in advocacy and research work, developing innovative programs to overcome historic patterns of racial and lending discrimination. As Executive Director of National Neighbors, he was a member of the national coalition that saw the enactment of the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments and the Amendment of the 1975 Home Mortgage Act in 1989. Recognition for his achievements include the Liberty Bell Award from the Cleveland Bar Association, The Ohio Civil Rights Commission Award, The Governor’s Award, Greater Community Shares Social Justice Award, and the Outstanding Graduate Award from the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Charles Bromley is a Presidential Fellow of the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University and adjunct faculty at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. In addition to his work in Civil Rights, Mr. Bromley founded Greater Cleveland Community Shares, which led to the development of social justice funds in Columbus, Toledo, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
2016 Conference Planning Committee members: Sally Martin, Housing Manager, City of South Euclid; Keith Benjamin, Director of Community Services, City of South Euclid; Frank Ford, Senior Policy Advisor, Thriving Communities Institute; Mark Wiseman, Director, NHS Consumer Law Center; Ben Faller, Executive Director, Home Repair Resource Center; Paul Bellamy, Consultant; Peggy Kearsey, Cleveland Housing Committee; April Urban, Research Assistant, CWRU Poverty Center; Steve Holowicki, Lee Harvard Development Corporation; Larry Bresler, Executive Director, Organize Ohio; Kathryn Hexter, Director, Center for Planning and Development,, CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs; Molly Schnoke, Project Coordinator, Center for Civic Education
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