Welcome! The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan investigates complaints of illegal housing discrimination in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties. Below are our most recent news posts. You can easily navigate our website by using the above menu, sidebar and footer options. Please contact us at 1-877-979-FAIR with any questions or to get involved. Together, we can fight housing discrimination and win.
This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, and transportation. It also put into effect accessible design standards for new or remodeled buildings. The ADA has (and continues to) changed the structure of America, removing barriers to equal access and promoting opportunity for all. Continue reading →
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a final rule regarding the Fair Housing Act’s provisions to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The rule includes tools that will make it easier for communities to identify and overcome segregation, concentrated poverty, and other barriers to equal housing opportunity.
President Obama spoke about the rule and its importance in his weekly address from the White House, entitled “Making Our Communities Stronger through Fair Housing.”
The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan has been working for 23 years to open up housing free from discrimination. Our work aims to allow people the ability to live where they choose – not where others deem acceptable.
We have settled 82 lawsuits, gained over $1.8 million dollars in settlements for complainants, and successfully negotiated dozens of disability rights cases. We have been able to do this because of the Fair Housing Act.
Last Thursday, June 25th, the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 to keep a critical piece of its legacy: the disparate impact claim. This claim allows Americans to challenge not only laws, policies, and practices that are intentionally discriminatory, but also those that have an unjustified discriminatory effect. Continue reading →
Please join us in welcoming Alexandra Murphy to Fair Housing Center’s Board of Directors. Alexandra Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Associate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College and her PhD in Sociology & Social Policy from Princeton University. Before joining the Sociology Department, Alex was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Poverty Center at UM. One line of Alex’s research draws on ethnographic methods to understand the new suburban poverty. Another line examines transportation insecurity among low income Americans. She teaches courses on urban inequality, poverty, social policy, and qualitative methods. Welcome, Alex!
The Fair Housing Center has been based in Ann Arbor since 1992. This Wednesday morning we are moving our offices to downtown Ypsilanti.
Please join us for our last official night in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, May 19th. We will be saying farewell at The Bar at Braun Court, located in the Kerrytown area. FHC staff will be there 5-7 PM.
Proceeds from every drink sold on Tuesday will be donated to us, 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM. The first floor of The Bar is fully wheelchair accessible.
Cocktails for Karma! On the third Tuesday of every month The Bar at 327 Braun Court in Kerrytown, Ann Arbor, is giving a little back. One dollar from every drink sold will be donated to a local non-profit. The Fair Housing Center has been selected for the the following three nights. We hope to see you there!