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November 24, 2018

About Us

Mission

Everyone has the right to safe housing, free from discrimination, harassment, and code violations. The Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland works to ensure lenders, realtors, and property managers are in compliance with the Fair Housing Act. We also work to ensure Maryland renters are living in safe and healthy housing, through our two distinct program areas: Fair Housing Enforcement, and Tenant Advocacy.

History

A dedicated group of advocates teamed up to create the Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland, which became a program of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition in November of 2019.

Staff: Fair Housing Program

Robyn Dorsey, Fair Housing Director

Robyn came to MCRC to manage the Securing Older Adult Resources (SOAR) program, then moved to being the Policy Research and Reinvestment Manager. In this role, Robyn led MCRC’s research work including “Taking the Low Road: How Auto Insurers Drive Up Rates for Women”, and built a community reinvestment program with statewide reach and a deep focus on the race-based disparities in and around Baltimore City.

Robyn now serves as Fair Housing Director by educating consumers about their housing rights, training housing providers, and developing a testing program to identify discrimination. Outside of work, Robyn can be found wandering in the wild, gardening, or reading The Pout-Pout Fish (with all the voices) over and over and over again.

LaToya McKay, Fair Housing Specialist

LaToya provides education, advocacy and support to consumers, partners, and communities dealing with housing discrimination. In addition, she has served in the human service field for over 10 years specializing in public housing and voucher programs. She received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Minor in Family Studies in 2017 from Towson University.  In her experience advocating for change, equality, and advancement in the housing community she has touched the lives of thousands of families. LaToya’s passion to help others drives her day-to-day to serve.

She is valued for her professional customer service skills, as well as implementing training and development. Whether working on academic, extracurricular, professional, or personal projects she applies proven organizational, research, and creative thinking skills and has been consistently praised as hard-working by colleagues and peers.

Staff: Tenant Advocacy Program

Carol Ott, Tenant Advocacy Director

Carol advocates for affordable rental housing, strong code enforcement, and economic development in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. She also assists low-income renters across Maryland with substandard housing issues, and other landlord-tenant matters. Carol has been writing about housing and advocating for fair and safe housing in Baltimore since 2008.

Her focus area has been Baltimore’s most vulnerable communities, most of which have been plagued with issues such as lead paint poisoning, vacancy, and substandard rentals for more than fifty years.

Michael Donnelly, Tenant Advocacy Coordinator

Michael assists tenants and property owners experiencing difficulties with the landlord-tenant relationship. He received a B.A. in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2016 and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2020. While in school, he took an interest in self-organized systems, international examples of social housing policies, and cooperative housing arrangements. When he’s not at work you can find Michael reading or taking pictures while on a walk.

Current Board

Please go here to see a list of our Board of Directors and their affiliations.

Founding Board

Odette Ramos, Chair
Executive Director, Community Development Network of Maryland

Robert Pierson, Vice Chair
Partner, Pierson & Pierson LLP

Marceline White, Secretary
Executive Director, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

Claudia Wilson Randall, Treasurer
Consultant

Shavaugn Jackson
Executive Director, Diversified Housing Incorporated

Mary Demory
Past BNI Maryland Board member

Barbara Samuels
Managing Attorney, ACLU