Dayton Human Relations Council

Welcome to the Human Relations Council


Established in 1962 by the Dayton City Commission, the Dayton Human Relations Council enforces civil rights; provides business and technical assistance to minority-owned, woman-owned and small disadvantaged businesses; and administers community relations initiatives that promote and maintain peace, goodwill and harmony; assists in reducing inter-group tensions, and ensures equality of treatment and opportunity to all who live, work, play, and gather in the City of Dayton.



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The more residents that get involved in their community, the better the City of Dayton will be.
The Human Relations Council offers opportunities for individuals and organizations to
make an impact and promote equality and harmony in Dayton, Ohio.

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Civil Rights

The Human Relations Council is responsible for the enforcement of anti-discrimination ordinances, as outlined in the City of Dayton’s Revised Code of General Ordinances. These ordinances protect our residents from discrimination in four areas: employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit transactions.


Through contract compliance, certification, and technical assistance, the Human Relations Council leads the City of Dayton’s efforts towards the development, inclusion and expansion of opportunities for small, local, minority-owned, women-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses.


The Human Relations Council strives to help create safe and inclusive communities for all residents by providing resources and outreach efforts that promote civil and human rights and facilitate harmonious relationships among Dayton’s diverse population. Initiatives include Welcome Dayton and community-police relations.