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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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Dine to Donate in Depot Town, Ypsilanti

Please join us in Depot Town on Monday, May 23rd.

The Fair Housing Center will receive 15% of your bill between 11 AM and Midnight. You can order carry-out or delivery, buy a gift certificate, or dine in. You must show the flyer (you can show it from your phone) or give them this code: 676-311-080.

Thank you for your support of fair housing!

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Dinner at The Lunch Room, Saturday Nights in May

Please join us at The Lunch Room on Saturday nights in May! 10% of all sales between 5:00 – 9:00 PM will be donated to the FHC to help us further our mission to end housing discrimination and to promote accessible, integrated communities.

The Lunch Room is vegan restaurant, bakery, and bar, located in the Kerrytown Market area at 407 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. They offer indoor and outside dining options.

If you haven’t checked this special place out yet (and even if you have!), we encourage you to mark your calendars for a Saturday night in May.

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Fair Housing Center responds to “No Section 8” policy in Ypsilanti Township, MI

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan has filed a new discrimination complaint against the Charter Township of Ypsilanti.

You can read the housing complaint here.

Related MLive articles:

First-of-its-kind plan bans section 8 housing, limits rentals in new Ypsilanti Township developments

Ypsilanti Township bans section 8 housing, limits rentals in new subdivision

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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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