Vincent B. Curry has been a part of the fair housing movement since 1990. In 1993, he founded the Fair Housing Advocates Association (FHAA) with the vision of combatting housing discrimination in its many forms. He works to promote equal housing opportunities on the local, state, and national levels. Since 1995, he has served on the board of the National Fair Housing Alliance. In Ohio, he has served on the boards of the Ohio Fair Housing Congress, the Summit County Housing Trust Fund, and the Summit County Housing Advisory Board.
He has 28 years of fair housing experience and expertise. In addition, he has 7 years of property management experience which he developed during his years as a development manager with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA). He has given testimony before the US Commission on Civil Rights (Cleveland, OH-May 21, 2008);
He recognizes that education is an important tool in the fight against housing discrimination and he seeks to educate both the home seeker and the housing provider. He has given presentations for the Akron Police Department (Akron, OH-September 2004/August 2007), the Akron –Canton Real Estate Investors Association (Fairlawn, OH-February 13, 2008), the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (“Predatory Lending and Fair Housing Investigations and Cases,” Cleveland, OH-August 8, 2008, “Fair Housing Enforcement & State Partnerships,” New Orleans, LA-June 2010), the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Fund for an Open Society (“Today’s Forms of Housing Discrimination,” Cleveland, OH-November 8, 2002). In order to help children gain an understanding of fair housing issues, he has written fair housing story books for children. One of the products, the Wolf Family, has been used by fair housing groups in Toledo and Cincinnati, OH, Richmond Virginia, and California.
Investigations and enforcement of fair housing laws have played an important role in his mission to eliminate housing discrimination. He has coordinated conducted over 2000 tests/investigations . The results of some of the investigations resulted in fair housing discrimination cases being filed in federal court. One involved four Cuyahoga County cities implementing unduly restrictive occupancy codes which restricted occupancy to less than two persons per bedroom. Another involved a Lancaster, Ohio campground which was not owned or operated by a church, denying non-Christian homebuyers the right to purchase housing. Another involved the City of Zanesville and Muskingum County denying public water service to a primarily African-American neighborhood. In 2008, a jury returned with $10.8 million dollar verdict against the city and the county. In the pursuit of justice, he works with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the US Department of Justice, and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development. In 2014, based upon evidence from an investigation conducted by his office, the United States filed a federal lawsuit against Kent State University for failing to accommodate a disabled student who lived in one of its apartments. In 2016, the case settled for $145,000 .
Mr. Curry graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management degree. He is the father of two sons. In his spare time he coaches basketball. As the Arlington Christian Academy boys basketball head coach he compiled a record 4 year record of 54 wins, 7 losses, and 2 Association of Christian Schools International state championship. He also mentors young people.