Human Relations Commission

City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission     

The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission (Commission), is an enforcement agency where complaints are investigated regarding discrimination in housing, based on race/color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. The Commission has jurisdiction over housing providers located within the corporate limits of the City of Elkhart. The Commission also provides information to local housing providers, agencies, neighborhoods associations, churches, landlord and tenants and organizations about the Federal Fair Housing Act and Landlord & Tenant Relations Indiana Code 32-31. The Commission's staff can provide fair housing trainings, outreach material and can review lease agreements and policies to assure compliance with local and federal law.

The Commission consists of five commission members. 
Crystal Welsh - Chair
Rick Bowen- Vice Chair                    
Ruth Bloch-Wiley
M. Elaine Kersey
Delia Vazquez
Abby Wiles - Assistant Director of Community & Redevelopment 
Jenny Recinos-Trejo - C.D. Specialist & Fair Housing
2019 HRC Executive Session & Regular Meeting Schedule

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING MEETING CHANGES: The Executive Session and Regular Meeting has been scheduled to Friday, October 4, 2019. The Executive Session (closed to the public) will commence at 4:00 PM and the Regular Meeting will commence at 4:30 PM. The meeting will held in the Board of Works Conference Room (3rd floor), Municipal Building, 229 S. Second St. Elkhart, IN. 


If you would like to become a member of the Human Relations Commission please contact the HRC staff or fill out the application below:


Commissioner Applicant Questionnaire




Fair Houising Trainings

The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission in partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) will be hosting three fair housing events in 2019. The Commission would like to invite you to learn about the Fair Housing Act by attending our fair housing trainings. The trainings are free, however, RSVP is required. 

2019 Fair Housing Trainings

Follow the direct links to each training registration below:

Fair Housing Rental Basics Training

Date:  Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Registration Fee: Free

Registration Link:


Fair Housing Disability Training

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Registration Fee: Free

Registration Link:


Fair Lending Training

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Registration Fee: Free

Registration Link:

April is Fair Housing Month!

The City of Elkhart's Human Relations Commission invites you to be part of its outreach efforts by bringing fair housing awareness in our community. April is Fair Housing Month!  Help us share with housing providers, tenants, agencies, neighborhood associations, churches, family, friends and other interested parties, the importance of a person’s right to fair and equal access to housing opportunities in our community, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. The Commission is available as a resource that can answer questions and provide training regarding the Federal Fair Housing Act and Indiana’s Landlord-Tenant law at no cost.

2018 Fair Housing Month Flyer       2018 Fair Housing Month Flyer (Spanish)


50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. 

April 11, 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.







The Human Relations Commission no longer investigates employment discrimination cases. If you wish to file an employment discrimination case please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C., Federal Agency): 

Phone: 1-800-669-4000, TDD: 1-800-669-6820, website:

Indiana Civil Rights Commission (I.C.R.C., State Agency): 

Phone: 1-800-628-2909, TDD: 1-800-743-3333, website:

For Minimum Wage concerns please contact the Indiana Department of Labor

Phone: 1-317-232-2655, website:



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Elkhart, IN 46516
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