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The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHC) actively works to investigate complaints of illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), disability, familial status, marital status, age, source of income, student status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression. We also advocate to remove barriers and modify policies in housing on behalf of people with disabilities.

The FHC has an eight-county service area: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, Livingston 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.

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New Rule Bans Landlords from Blanket Denials Based on Criminal Background

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI  48107
(877) 979-FAIR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 
Press Release PDF
April 12, 2016

For more information, contact: Kristen Cuhran, (877) 979-3247

New Rule Bans Landlords from Blanket Denials
Based on Criminal Background

On April 4, 2016, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance to the real estate community regarding the use of criminal background in evaluating prospective tenants. The guidance, titled “Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions,” explains how criminal background as a screening tool could violate the Fair Housing Act, and suggests standards and procedures that landlords should follow instead. This is the first time HUD has issued guidance on the issue to non-governmental entities.

Highlights from the new HUD guidance: Continue reading

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Housing Advocates Training, May 2016

Registration is now open for Housing Advocates Training in Ypsilanti on May 12 and 13, 2016. See below for details on how to register.

Training Details

This two-day training is an excellent resource for anyone working as an advocate (clients/consumers also welcome). Day one is a full day, day two is an optional three-hour session. Trainers include staff and attorneys from the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, the Michigan Poverty Law Program, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Registration is required.

Housing Advocates Training (HAT) is designed to help social service professionals gain a working knowledge of fair housing law, landlord/tenant law, and housing subsidy programs. By the end of the training attendees will know: Continue reading

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FHC Reads Evicted by Matthew Desmond

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Please join the Fair Housing Center to discuss the book that is changing the national conversation around poverty and eviction. We will be meeting in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor during April, Fair Housing Month.

April 19th – 6 PM
Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery
720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti

April 21st – 12 PM (brown bag lunch)
Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor
Lower level, multi-purpose room

Receive a 15% discount on EVICTED at Literati Bookstore when you mention the FHC Book group. 124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, www.literatibookstore.com

“I’ve come to believe that decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country,” says Desmond. “Without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”

Read more about EVICTED: Continue reading

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Last Chance for FHC Breakfast Tickets

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Please join us at Weber’s Inn on Wednesday, March 16th for Professor Shaw’s talk  “The Sleeping Giant of Civil Rights: The Fair Housing Act.”

Local Connections: While on the faculty at the University of  Michigan Law School, Ted Shaw played a key role in the admissions program that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 in Grutter v. Bollinger. Ted generously served on the FHC board when he lived in Ann Arbor before returning to New York to take a job with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as Associate Director-Counsel, he later became LDF’s fifth Director-Counsel.

Tickets are available on EventBrite.

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Help the FHC Superheroes Win Big!

The Fair Housing Center needs your support to continue its SUPER work against housing injustice. We are in a competition to win $10,000! Every dollar donated to the FHC for the Brackets for Good tournament goes directly to support our mission, and brings us a step closer to the next round of competition and the $10,000 grand prize.

Watch the FHC video now! https://youtu.be/MX39uqRTSd4

Game Plan: Visit http://bit.do/FHCmatchup! You’ll have exactly one week to score points for the FHC; the game starts at 8 PM Friday, February 26th, and Round One ends at exactly 7:59 PM on Friday, March 4th.

Like a real basketball tournament, our online competition will come down to the wire. Help decide the fate of our organization in this fun tournament!

You don’t have to be in the Ann Arbor area to help us compete! And, you can donate to more than one organization.

Have fun! Let’s do this!

#BFGA3 #FHCsuperhero #basketball #superhero #tournament #nonprofit#fun #comicbook #theinvestigators #wonderwoman

Here’s information from Brackets for Good about how the #BFGA3 tournament works: http://ow.ly/tjlmu

The FHC Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/148765078844256/

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