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The mission of the Fair Housing Center (FHC) is to end discrimination in housing and public accommodations and to promote accessible, integrated communities.

The 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, (and potentially) 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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Registration Open for Housing Advocates Training

Registration is now open for Housing Advocates Training in Monroe on October 13 and 15, 2015.

Details and registration materials can be found here.

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FHC Launches New Sexual Harassment Awareness Campaign

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The Fair Housing Center has launched a campaign titled Shine a Light to bring public awareness to the issue of sexual harassment and housing. Sexual harassment – such as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature – is against the law and considered a form of sex discrimination.  The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can occur to any person, male or female, and can be committed by someone of the same sex or someone of the opposite sex, regardless of gender identity. Continue reading

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25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, and transportation. It also put into effect accessible design standards for new or remodeled buildings. The ADA has (and continues to) changed the structure of America, removing barriers to equal access and promoting opportunity for all.  Continue reading

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New Fair Housing Rule

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a final rule regarding the Fair Housing Act’s provisions to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). The rule includes tools that will make it easier for communities to identify and overcome segregation, concentrated poverty, and other barriers to equal housing opportunity.

President Obama spoke about the rule and its importance in his weekly address from the White House, entitled “Making Our Communities Stronger through Fair Housing.”

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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.  Continue reading

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