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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 menu. Please contact us at 1-877-979-FAIR with any questions or to get involved. You can also start a complaint onlineTogether, we can fight housing discrimination and win.

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4th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

You are invited to attend

A Fair Housing Breakfast with Sara Pratt

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 8:30 AM10:30 AM
Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor

Sara and her godson

Please join the Fair Housing Center of Southeast
and Mid Michigan for our 4th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

We are pleased to announce that Sara Pratt of Relman, Dane, & Colfax will be our speaker.

The title of her talk is, “The Role of Fair Housing in Strong Communities.” 

To learn more, click here  #FHBreakfast2017

(Pictured: Ms. Pratt and her godson.) 

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$40,000 FAIR HOUSING WIN: PIT BULL SUPPORT ANIMAL REUNITED WITH OWNER

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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

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Rental Agent Exposes Illegal Housing Discrimination – New Fair Housing Case Settled

lakinChelsae 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

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FHC and DOJ Settle Case Against Seven Michigan Properties for $45,000

“As long as you don’t have any kids or animals.”

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.

Read about the case in the Lansing State JournalContinue reading

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November Housing Advocates Training and Welfare Policy Seminar – Registration Open

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.

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