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

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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.

The allegations are based on evidence collected by the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan, based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, which had testers posing as prospective residents contact the defendants’ offices and speak with Hopper about renting a one-bedroom apartment.  The testing revealed that Hopper did not allow single parent households with a minor child to live in a one-bedroom apartment, but did allow households with two adults to rent such an apartment.

“Although housing discrimination against families with children has been illegal under the Fair Housing Act for more than 25 years, too many families still face such discrimination when they look for housing,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division.  “The Justice Department will continue its vigorous enforcement of fair housing laws that protect the rights of these families.”

“The Fair Housing Act gives parents the right to decide what type of apartment is appropriate for their families,” said U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan.  “It is unlawful for landlords to substitute their judgment for that of a parent, and to turn people away from a one-bedroom apartment simply because they have a child.  We hope that this complaint sends a message to landlords and renters that we are prepared to defend the rights of all families to fair treatment in housing.”

“The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to protecting the rights of Americans,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles Jr. of the Western District of Michigan.  “We will continue to fight illegal discrimination and ensure the fair housing rights of families wherever they are challenged.”

The lawsuit seeks a court order prohibiting future discrimination by the defendants, monetary damages for those harmed by the defendant’s actions and a civil penalty.

The complaint is an allegation of unlawful conduct.  The allegations must still be proven in federal court.

Individuals who may have information related to this lawsuit should contact the Justice Department toll-free at 1-800-896-7743, mailbox number 93, or e-mail the Justice Department at fairhousing@usdoj.gov

Fighting illegal housing discrimination is a top priority of the Justice Department.  The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability.  More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.usdoj.gov/crt.  Individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination can call the Justice Department at 1-800-896-7743, e-mail the Justice Department at fairhousing@usdoj.gov or contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777.  More information about the Fair Housing Act can also be found at www.usdoj.gov/crt/housing or www.hud.gov/fairhousing.

Parkside East Complaint

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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.

If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination or need help with a reasonable accommodation or modification, please contact the Fair Housing Center at 877-979-FAIR or fill out our online contact form.

Veterans may also encounter discrimination based on source of income (veterans benefits, disability income, etc.) or veteran/military status. In our eight-county service area, source of income is protected in the Cities of Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Jackson, Lansing and Ypsilanti, and veteran status is protected in the City of Lansing.

Additional Military Service Member and Veteran Housing Resources: 


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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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African American Family Settles Housing Race Case

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI  48107   (877) 979-FAIR    www.fhcmichigan.org

African American Family Settles Race Case Against Ypsilanti Township Mobile Home Community

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
For more information contact: Pamela Kisch, 734-272-8383

Paula Scott accepted a non-disclosed settlement to resolve her lawsuit against Swan Creek Mobile Home Community in Ypsilanti Township.

In April 2014, the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHC) took a complaint from Paula Scott. Ms. Scott alleged discrimination based on race. Ms. Scott was Continue reading

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Congratulations to Delphia Simpson and Ron Woods

We are excited to announce that Fair Housing Center board member, Delphia Simpson, and past board member, Ron Woods, were honored by the Vanzetti M. Hamilton Bar Association (VHBA) and the Washtenaw County Bar Association (WCBA) during the Bias Awareness and Inclusion Reception.

WCBA presented its Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” Award to Professor Ronald C. Woods, and VHBA presented the Frederick Douglass Racial Justice and Harmony Award to Delphia T. Simpson.

Congratulations Delphia and Ron!


Ron Woods introducing the film Barber of Birmingham at our 20th Anniversary Event.
Delphia Simpson speaking at the FHC 2012 Annual Meeting.


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