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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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A Fair Housing Breakfast with Theodore M. Shaw

Shaw_bw_webPlease join the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan at our 3rd Annual Fair Housing Breakfast.

Theodore M. Shaw, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law, will be our speaker. Professor Shaw was President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for many years, and is a former FHC Board Member.

The Breakfast Event is on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 8:30 AM10:30 AM at Weber’s Ann Arbor Hotel.  The breakfast buffet opens at 8:30, and our program begins at 9.

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The WIMBY Pledge

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This is a page from the Winter of 1994. In response to hate crimes in Ann Arbor, our office started the WIMBY campaign (Welcome in My Backyard). We asked people to sign on to this Pledge and place a poster in their window indicating to the public their commitment to fostering a welcoming community. The campaign was about diversity, inclusion, understanding our own implicit bias, and challenging us to speak up against prejudices and stereotypes. Continue reading

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FHC Testing Leads to Justice Department Action

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

 

Justice Department Sues Three Michigan Apartment Complexes for Discriminating Against Families with Children

The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against the owners and manager of three Michigan apartment complexes – Parkside East Apartments, in East Lansing, Michigan, Holt Manor Apartments in Holt, Michigan, and Kelly Manor Apartments in Owosso, Michigan – for discriminating against families with children.

The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, alleges that the defendants refused to allow children in Parkside East, which consists of 41 one-bedroom apartments, and also refused to allow children in the one bedroom apartments at Holt Manor and Kelly Manor.  At Holt Manor, 23 of the 27 apartments are one-bedroom apartments.  At Kelly Manor, 17 of the 25 apartments are one-bedroom apartments.  The suit names as defendants the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based corporate entities that own the complexes, Parkside East Inc., Holt Manor Inc., and Kelly Manor Inc., as well as Bloomfield Hills resident Sudi Hopper, who serves as the rental agent for the three properties. Continue reading

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Housing Resources for Veterans

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Under the Fair Housing Act, it’s illegal to deny housing or discriminate against someone based on his or her disability, sex, race, color, national origin, familial status, or religion. Although federal fair housing law does not prohibit discrimination solely based on a veteran’s status, some veterans face discrimination because of a physical or mental/emotional disability. Continue reading

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New Photo Project Highlights Fair Housing

FullSizeRender_1The Fair Housing Center invites you to participate in a photo project to help capture why fair housing matters. We’ll be using the portraits in printed materials and online to highlight the importance and impact of fair housing laws. As a thank you, we will email you a high resolution portrait of you (or your group).

Our photo project will be ongoing and we’d love your participation. Stop by one of our upcoming events or email Kristen to schedule an appointment. Stay tuned for additional photo opportunities throughout our service area. Continue reading

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