Welcome

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 menu. Please contact us at 1-877-979-FAIR with any questions or to get involved. You can also start a complaint onlineTogether, we can fight housing discrimination and win.

Posted in About FHC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Welcome

Rental Agent Exposes Illegal Housing Discrimination – New Fair Housing Case Settled

lakinChelsae Lakin gave up her new job and benefits to stand up against housing discrimination.

Her knowledge of fair housing laws gave her courage to take action.

Chelsae was excited about her new job.

She was continuing her career path as a rental agent and her job with Fontaine Gardens Apartments seemed like a step in the right direction. The new full-time position was higher paying, had stable hours, and included a free apartment. She signed a two-year contract and was eager to start work.

On January 26, 2015, the day Chelsae began her new job, her employer, Dr. Sakti Pramanik, instructed her to discriminate against prospective tenants on the basis of familial status. Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Rental Agent Exposes Illegal Housing Discrimination – New Fair Housing Case Settled

FHC and DOJ Settle Case Against Seven Michigan Properties for $45,000

“As long as you don’t have any kids or animals.”

This is what our testers were told when they called three different Lansing-area properties. Testers were asked repeatedly to confirm that they did not have children before the agent offered to show them an available apartment. When a tester stated that they had a child, the agent either hung up on or otherwise refused to allow that tester to see an apartment.

Read about the case in the Lansing State JournalContinue reading

Posted in About FHC, News, Press Releases | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on FHC and DOJ Settle Case Against Seven Michigan Properties for $45,000

November Housing Advocates Training and Welfare Policy Seminar – Registration Open

The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan staff, along with the Michigan Poverty Law Program, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan, will be holding Housing Advocates Training (HAT) on Monday, November 14th, and a Welfare Policy Seminar (WPS) on Friday, November 11th, in Brighton, Michigan. Registration is required and materials are on our Housing Advocates Training page.

HATtraining-logo

Posted in About FHC, Events | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on November Housing Advocates Training and Welfare Policy Seminar – Registration Open

FHC Fall 2016 Newsletter

nwsltr-fall-2016-page-one

By now you should have received our latest newsletter at your home or business. If you haven’t*, or you’d like to see the digital color version, you can view it here. Highlights include information on recently filed cases, details on HUD’s new criminal background guidance for landlords, photos from our 3rd Fair Housing Breakfast, disability success stories, and more.

*Didn’t get a printed copy and want one? Have questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you at info@fhcmichigan.org.

Posted in About FHC, News | Tagged , | Comments Off on FHC Fall 2016 Newsletter

Fair housing organizations file complaint against large regional property management company

Today we joined the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan (FHCWM) and three other fair housing groups to announce the filing of a fair housing complaint against AMP Residential, an Indianapolis-based property management company that owns and operates over 8,000 rental housing units in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama.

In each of the 20 properties named in the complaint, AMP was found to have denied housing to families with children despite the apartments having ample square footage for the family size to be allowed by local codes. Not only were the families prohibited from living in particular units, many were denied from the complex all together due to their family size. Continue reading

Posted in About FHC, News, Press Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fair housing organizations file complaint against large regional property management company