COVID-19 Update

The City of Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission continues to serve the public during COVID-19 crisis. To start the process of filing a complaint, please visit our office or call (260) 427-1146 and you will be connected with a Metro representative. You are also encouraged to visit the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission’s website at http://www.fortwaynemetro.org/contact-us/general-inquiries.html.  to submit a general inquiry to the Commission. We appreciate your patience through this difficult time.

 

Legal Services

Metro has received calls regarding lock-out and utility shut-off reports from tenants seeking legal help. If you believe you have been discriminated against Metro can assist you in filing a Fair Housing complaint. If you are in need of legal services regarding tenant rights (legal representation), please use this resource list put together by our partners to better assist you. Find the list in Spanish here. Find the list in Burmese here.

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Fair Housing Protections & the Covid-19 Fact Sheet

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission is working to better understand and address any fair housing impacts of this public health emergency. We hope the fact sheet below is helpful to renters, home owners, housing providers, social service providers, and other community organizations, as we all work to address the pandemic.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Vivienda Justa Y La Epidemia Mundial COVID-19

La Comisión Metropolitana de Relaciones Humanas está trabajando para comprender mejor y abordar cualquier impacto de vivienda justa de esta emergencia de salud pública en respuesta a la epidemia COVID-19. Esperamos que la siguiente hoja informativa sea útil para inquilinos, propietarios de viviendas, proveedores de viviendas, proveedores de servicios sociales y otras organizaciones comunitarias, ya que todos trabajamos para abordar la pandemia.

Hoja Informativa COVID-19

 

The EEOC’s updated Pandemic Preparedness document addresses FAQs on workplace pandemic planning, including COVID-19, as it relates to the ADA.The EEOC’s updated Pandemic Preparedness document addresses FAQs on workplace pandemic planning, including COVID-19, as it relates to the ADA.


https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/pandemic_flu.html

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People experiencing homelessness often have a higher risk of exposure to infectious diseases. HUD guidance for homeless service providers offers information on preventing and treating these diseases and resources to access local health care centers.

https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus

Commission Chair Lana Keesling, City Council Appointee

Lana Keesling currently holds the elected position as City Clerk of Fort Wayne. Commissioner Keesling holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, graduating with Honors, and an MBA. Commissioner Keesling is a Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Alumna, and was named Volunteer of the year for the Girls Scouts Northern Indiana Michiana in 2009. In addition to serving on the Metro Human Relations Commission, she sits on the PTC/Citilink Board, League for the Blind, and the Fort Wayne Government Access Board. She is the Past President of the Allen County Purdue University Extension Advisory Board where she still remains on the Advocacy Committee. Commissioner Keesling volunteers her time each week to Study Connection which tutors students in Fort Wayne Community Schools. In addition, she is the President of the Allen County Republican Women’s Group and a member of the Downtown GOP Club.

Commission Vice Chair Kody Tinnel, City Council Appointee

Kody Tinnel is a proud lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. Commissioner Tinnel earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Management from Indiana University Fort Wayne, where he has also taught courses in public affairs and human resources management. Outside of work, he serves on various boards and committees including the Foster Park Neighborhood Association, the Southwest Area Partnership, and the Southwest Neighborhood Summit Alliance. He is passionate about making Fort Wayne a welcoming city with strong neighborhoods and a high quality of life.

Commissioner Rick Trevino, City Council Appointee

Rick Trevino currently serves as the Commission Chair for Metro’s board. He is a University of Saint Francis Alumni, earning his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Sports Management. He went on to earn his Masters of Science in Business Administration at University of Saint Francis and his Juris Doctorate at the University of South Carolina.  

Commissioner Larry Wardlaw, Mayoral Appointee

Larry Wardlaw is a longtime supporter of the arts and the Journal-Gazette’s 2012 Fort Wayne Citizen of the Year. Commissioner Wardlaw works with the Fort Wayne International Airport, Positive Resource Center, Indiana Michigan Power, Grand Wayne Center and Citilink. A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Commissioner Wardlaw is also one of Allen County’s most dedicated volunteers, serving on the Fort Wayne Metro Commission and other nonprofits and giving his leadership, time and talent to a host of arts organizations, including Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Fort Wayne Youth Theatre. Commissioner Wardlaw has taught public relations at IPFW, his alma mater.

Commissioner Dorian Maples, Mayoral Appointee

Dorian’s career has been devoted to caring for older adults and persons with disabilities since 1979 when she became a Registered Nurse. Her nursing career took her on a management tract, which led her to obtaining a BA in Management and Communication. Since then, she has established and managed several different medical staffing, in-home care and professional geriatric care management companies.

In 2012, Mayor Tom Henry appointed Commissioner Maples to serve on the City of Fort Wayne’s Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. Commissioner Maples is passionate about her work and finds great enjoyment in not only being a Registered Nurse, but also in serving her community. 

Commissioner Aisha Arrington, Mayoral Appointee

Aisha R. Arrington serves as the Executive Director of the LTC Ombudsman Program; an advocacy organization for people living in our area nursing homes. Aisha is a proud “She Glows” girl and her Glo Magazine article can be found in the February 2017 issue. She is a graduate of both Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana & Leadership Fort Wayne. She serves on the Senior Advisory Council with Aging and In-Home Services, volunteers with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir as choir secretary, and coaches Upward Cheer. Aisha graduated from the Foellinger Foundation’s Leadership Lab; class of 2019. After completing her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Aisha was honored to lend her voice and face to Indiana Tech’s Go For IT! campaign. She was appointed to the Metro Human Relations Commission by the Mayor and supports their efforts of creating an inclusive community here in Fort Wayne.