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The Enforcement Division continues to focus on providing excellent customer service and conducting thorough evaluation and investigation of allegations of unlawful discrimination. From October 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021, staff completed 187 EEOC cases, 91 HUD cases, and 158 MDCR-only cases for a total of 436 cases. Thanks to all Enforcement Division colleagues for awesome teamwork, as every colleague has an important role in the processing of SOCs and formal complaints from the initial contact through completion.
Numerous trainings were also conducted in January. The Housing Team kicked off its commitment to train 2200 owners/landlords in the Kalamazoo area in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo and the Fair Housing Center of SW Michigan. Fair Housing Training was conducted virtually by Housing CRIs Rene Hoffmann and Jarrett Smith on January 21, 2021 and by Demetrius Hunter and Jonathan Wendland on January 22, 2021. In addition, General Civil Rights training was conducted virtually for the Kalamazoo County ALPACT in collaboration with the Community Engagement Division by Jenni Scheid and SEU CRI David Jones on January 14, 2021 and by SEU CRIs Amanda Bradley and David Jones on January 28, 2021. Kudos to all for a job well done! Staff also attended training during the month of January; specifically, on January 27, 2021, approximately 25 Enforcement and Legal staff attended a virtual Legal Updates Training provided by EEOC.
Lastly, Enforcement vacancies for Administrative Support, Civil Rights Claims Examiners (Dept Tech Intake) and Civil Rights Investigators were posted on Neogov during the week of January 25, 2021. As we have numerous vacancies, it's anticipated the hiring process will conclude with new family members on board in April 2021.