Cincinnati’s Housing Opportunities Made Equal organization celebrated the 50th anniversary of the fair housing movement with a celebration banquet at the Renaissance Hotel on April 19, 2018.
The evening included speakers and video from past and present H.O.M.E. board members and supporters. Jeniece Jones, Executive Director, shared her excitement for the 50th anniversary and strides made by H.O.M.E. Deb Jetter, H.O.M.E.’s Director of Education (and long-time fair-housing instructor for Sibcy Cline), also shared thoughts about her 40-year career with the organization. It was a memorable evening that reinforced the importance of the nation’s fair-housing laws.
Sibcy Cline attendees to this event included: Marc Cameron (H.O.M.E. board member), Helena Cameron, Carrie-McIntosh Owens, Denise Taylor, Jeff Rosa, Jennifer Shinn, Amy Goodman, Sandy Butler and Susan Knabe.
Michele Stacy, Vice President of Human Resources for Sibcy Cline Realtors, was a recipient of the Merlin Pope Diversity Leadership Award on June 5, 2014. The honor was bestowed upon her at the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission‘s annual dinner and awards ceremony at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Hotel.
The Merlin Pope Diversity Leadership Award was created in 2003 to recognize Greater Cincinnati individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership to diversity and inclusion within their organization and/or the community. (Merlin Pope is a sociologist who is a pioneer in the field of diversity and coined the term in 1977. His diversity company has trained over one million people worldwide.)
Michele was nominated for this award by HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal), an organization that she has been a board member of for 27 years.
Michele developed and has taught fair housing classes at Sibcy Cline Realtors for 26 years. She is the Fair Housing Officer for the company with an active role in promoting fair housing practices within the company as well as the local and state boards of Realtors. She introduced cultural sensitivity into real estate agents’ continuing education programs, which led to an industy-wide focus on strong enforcement of fair housing laws throughout the region.
In Fall 2013, Michele earned the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Founders Award for her work to eliminate unlawful discrimination in housing and to promote integrated communities.
About the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
The commission was created in 1943 with the focus on the promotion of harmony and tolerance and to find solutions to problems. It now serves as a resource to many human relations related groups and is a trouble shooter for human rights issues. Its mission is “To help our community to overcome prejudice and discrimination, build mutual respect and understanding, and become more harmonious and cohesive.”