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Welcome! The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan investigates complaints of illegal housing discrimination in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, 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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Supreme Court Saves Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan has been working for 23 years to open up housing free from discrimination. Our work aims to allow people the ability to live where they choose – not where others deem acceptable.

We have settled 82 lawsuits, gained over $1.8 million dollars in settlements for complainants, and successfully negotiated dozens of disability rights cases. We have been able to do this because of the Fair Housing Act.

Last Thursday, June 25th, the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 to keep a critical piece of its legacy: the disparate impact claim. This claim allows Americans to challenge not only laws, policies, and practices that are intentionally discriminatory, but also those that have an unjustified discriminatory effect. 

This ruling is a solid victory for equal opportunity and for the future of our nation. The Court’s decision will not only continue to protect millions of Americans, but it also upholds the important principle that, as a nation, we value the diversity of the communities in which we live, especially at a key moment for racial justice in America.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Read the opinion of the Court: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

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Alexandra Murphy Joins FHC Board

Murphy-001Please join us in welcoming Alexandra Murphy to Fair Housing Center’s Board of Directors. Alexandra Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Associate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College and her PhD in Sociology & Social Policy from Princeton University. Before joining the Sociology Department, Alex was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Poverty Center at UM. One line of Alex’s research draws on ethnographic methods to understand the new suburban poverty. Another line examines transportation insecurity among low income Americans. She teaches courses on urban inequality, poverty, social policy, and qualitative methods. Welcome, Alex!

 

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We’re Moving! + “Cocktails for Karma”

It’s Official! We’re Moving!

The Fair Housing Center has been based in Ann Arbor since 1992. This Wednesday morning we are moving our offices to downtown Ypsilanti.

Please join us for our last official night in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, May 19th. We will be saying farewell at The Bar at Braun Court, located in the Kerrytown area. FHC staff will be there 5-7 PM.

Proceeds from every drink sold on Tuesday will be donated to us, 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM. The first floor of The Bar is fully wheelchair accessible. 

Cocktails for Karma! On the third Tuesday of every month The Bar at 327 Braun Court in Kerrytown, Ann Arbor, is giving a little back. One dollar from every drink sold will be donated to a local non-profit. The Fair Housing Center has been selected for the the following three nights. We hope to see you there!

  • Tuesday, May 19
  • Tuesday, August 28th
  • Tuesday November 17
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Lansing-Area Case: Discrimination Against Families with Children

The Fair Housing Center has filed a lawsuit against the owner/operator of several Lansing-area properties.

Check out these links for the full press release and statewide news coverage:
FHC Press Release
Michigan Radio
WNEM Channel 5
WFSB Channel 3 (includes video)

According to the lawsuit, testers posing as a single parent with a young child were told that children were not allowed to live in one-bedroom apartments. Continue reading

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The past, present, and future of fair housing

April is Fair Housing Month. We encourage you to take a few minutes and learn more about the past, present, and future of fair housing.

The first is a visually stunning eight-minute historical film on the seven days in April 1968 that changed America forever, “Seven Days.”

The second is the Power Point presentation given by Jason Reece from the Kirwan Institute at our 2nd Annual Fair Housing Breakfast Event last month, “Place, Housing & Opportunity.”

And the third is a short blog post published yesterday on the disparate impact case currently before the U.S. Supreme court, “Fair Housing Means Integration.”

You can read more about the history of fair housing here.

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