Community Relations Division

 Mission

Our mission is to eliminate discrimination and to establish equality and justice for people in Salina through civil rights enforcement, advocacy and education.

We investigate complaints alleging discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing. Together the commission and division work as a civil rights enforcement agency.

Services Provided to the Public Free of Charge: 

  • Civil rights consultations for individuals, employers, employees, educational institutions, municipalities, public accommodation, civic groups, tenants, landlords and organizations
  • Assistance filing discrimination complaints
  • Assistance with landlord/tenant concerns
  • Sample forms and information pertaining to civil rights issues
  • Diversity/cultural awareness training
  • Disability sensitivity training
  • Training courses that provide up-to-date information on the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and ADA access                           

Events & Training:

  • 2021 Fair Housing Webinar- April 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
    Registration Form
    Flyer  

    To commemorate National Fair Housing Month and the 53rd Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the City of Salina Community Relations Division will hold their Annual Fair Housing Seminar Friday, April 30, 2021 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. via Zoom.

    The purpose of the seminar is to educate tenants, landlords, property managers, lenders, social workers, service providers, and other interested parties about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights legislation that passed in 1968 which makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.

    Seminar topics and speakers are as follows:

    Fair Housing 101, presented by Teresa Baker, Housing and Credit Counseling Inc.

    Public Accommodation/Modification in Housing, presented by Michelle Y. Ewert, Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University

    Violence Against Woman’s Act (VAWA) and Bill 78 presented by Teresa Baker, Housing and Credit Counseling Inc.

    Rentals and COVID-19 in Kansas (Evictions, Rental Assistance Programs, etc.), presented by Ryan Vincent, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation

    There is no cost for this event and registration should be completed by April 26, 2021. Registration for this event is available online on the City of Salina’s website.

     

For assistance with ADA concerns contact:

Yvonne Montoya, Community Relations Supervisor/ADA Coordinator
Email
Phone: (785) 309-5745

For assistance with housing concerns, contact:

Julia Ramos, Community Relations Specialist
Email
Phone: (785) 309-5745

For assistance with employment or public accommodations concerns, contact:

Community Relations Division
Email
Phone: (785) 309-5745

Contact Information

City-County Building
300 W. Ash St.
Room 101
Salina, KS 67401

(785) 309-5745
(785) 309-5747 (TDD)

Se Habla Español

Yvonne Montoya
Community Relations Supervisor
Email

Office Hours 

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday