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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
According to the complaint, “In the summer of 2015, after receiving a complaint that Respondent [AMP] refused to allow a woman and her husband to rent a large, two-bedroom unit because the family had three children, Complainant FHCWM opened an investigation of Respondent’s housing practices. FHCWM engaged the other Complainants to investigate Respondent’s conduct in their respective jurisdictions. As part of Complainants’ investigation, Complainants conducted a series of controlled tests in which testers contacted Respondent’s properties seeking to rent two-bedroom units for their families consisting of two adults and three children.”