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Community Invited to Share Feedback on Chapter 18 Civil Rights Proposal

Following a City Commission work session to review and discuss proposed changes to Chapter 18 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, community members are invited to share their feedback on this proposal. A series of public meetings had to be cancelled as a preventative measure to prevent against the spread of COVID-19, however to keep this important work moving foward, please review the presentation below and offer questions, comments, or suggestions in anyway that is most convenient for you: by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in the comments on social media or our YouTube channel, or by mail to Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W South Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.


About the Chapter 18 Ordinance Proposal

On February 24, the Kalamazoo City Commission reviewed a proposal to update Chapter 18 of the Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, which addresses Community Relations and Discrimination. Among the changes proposed would be new protections for people using housing vouchers or county identification cards, as well as those who have previously been incarcerated. Additionally, rental housing application fees would be limited to actual costs, and a civil rights board would be established to review contested cases of discrimination that would come under the purview of the ordinance.

The proposal is a collaboration between several community partners including the Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community (ISAAC), and Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo.

If adopted, this would be the first major change to address housing issues in Kalamazoo since gender identity and sexual orientation were added as local protections in 2009. Similar ordinances were adopted by the City of Grand Rapids in August 2019.  

pdf Chapter 18 Ordinance Update Summary (169 KB)

pdf Chapter18 Change Comparison (Redline) (295 KB)

pdf Resumen de las Actualizaciones Propuestas al Capítulo 18 del Código de Ordenanzas de la Ciudad de Kalamazoo (149 KB)


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