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 online. Together, we can fight housing discrimination and win.
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Call the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan at 877-979-FAIR if you think you have been the victim of housing discrimination because you are an immigrant or a refugee, because of where you are from, or because of your religious faith.
The fair housing laws protect you regardless of your immigration status.
It is illegal for a landlord to treat you differently because of your immigration status, national origin, or religion. That means people involved in renting homes cannot:
refuse to rent to you because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religious faith;
refuse to rent to you because you are not from the United States;
charge you more rent or a higher security deposit because of where you are from, your immigration status, or because of your religious faith;
require you to get a co-signer because you are an immigrant, refugee or because of your religion;
tell you not to cook food you like because of the smell;
refuse to rent to you because you or some of your family members do not speak English;
tell you that you must speak English when outside of your apartment;
force you to choose an apartment near other people who are from the same country, speak the same language as you, or are of the same religion;
enforce rules against you or your family because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religion but not enforce those rules against anyone else.
FHC Staff and Board of Directors were honored to receive the Martin Luther King Community Service Award by the Church of the Good Shepherd. The congregation has a 28 year tradition of recognizing people and organizations who work toward intersectional justice. We are humbled to join the ranks of the esteemed previous recipients. Thank you to all who were a part of the celebration. We promise to continue our work to end housing discrimination.
Receiving the MLK Award: (From L to R) FHC staff Pamela Kisch, Jessica Ortiz, Niki Green, and Kristen Cuhran. FHC Board Secretary/Treasurer Michael Appel, previous Board Member Paul Haynes, and current Board Member Edward Moorman.
Reunited: Denise Cox and her emotional support animal, Kylee
Denise Cox and her mother, Marcia Gooding, have accepted $40,000 to settle their fair housing case against Hastings Mutual Insurance Company and East Bay Manufactured Home Community in Fenton.
Ms. Gooding contacted the Fair Housing Center on July 13, 2016, to report that she had been given an ultimatum by East Bay – get rid of Ms. Cox’s emotional support animal or be evicted. Continue reading →
Chelsae 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 →