Sign Up for AmazonSmile and Help Support the FHC

Looking for an easy way to donate to the Fair Housing Center? We’re now participating in AmazonSmile, a program run by the web retailer to donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of its customers’ choosing. By using Amazon Smile you’ll enjoy the same wide selection of products and shopping features as on Amazon.com, but with the added bonus of supporting FHC for no extra effort or cost. So sign up today and help support FHC by shopping at smile.amazon.com for all of your Amazon purchases.

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FHC Awarded Nearly $1,000,000 to Fight Housing Discrimination

On October 15, 2014, the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan received notice of a three-year grant totaling $974,832 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue to fight discrimination in Southern Mid-Michigan. 

The award funds will allow us to continue to provide fair housing enforcement services and systemic testing in Washtenaw, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Monroe Counties, plus expand our service area to include Clinton and Eaton Counties. Our office will continue to provide investigative services, testing, advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referral and community education with the help of this funding and private donations via individual, professional, and business memberships.

The competitive grants were awarded to more than 100 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Total funding by HUD to address housing discrimination is $38.3 million. See the local impact of the funding announced (state-by-state list of agencies receiving HUD FHIP grants). 

Michigan groups will receive a total of $1,407,261 for Fiscal Year 2014.

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Wheelchair User Fights Back: Federal Lawsuit Filed

Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan
(877) 979-FAIR, info@fhcmichigan.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Contact: FHC Executive Director Pam Kisch, (734) 994-3426
Attorney Steve Tomkowiak, (248) 543-1600

If you would like a copy of the Complaint filed in federal court, Philip Cusumano v Hartland Meadows, L.L.C., Case No. 14-13149, please email kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org.

 

New Discrimination Lawsuit Filed:
Wheelchair User Demands Sidewalk Access

Philip Cusumano has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit claiming violations of the federal Fair Housing Act, against the Hartland Meadows mobile home community in Livingston County. Mr. Cusumano is legally blind and uses a wheelchair. He contacted the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan in April to report that Hartland Meadows’ “no parking on sidewalk” rule was not being enforced. This made traveling around the community dangerous and denied him access to common areas, including his mailbox. Continue reading

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Interested in housing issues?

Interested in housing issues? Work at a community organization? Eager to learn more about landlord/tenant, fair housing, and government housing programs? You are invited to attend a Housing Advocates Training (HAT) and Welfare Policy Seminar (WPS) on Tuesday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 24, 2014, in Ann Arbor. Space is still available and we are offering a reduced rate. Continue reading

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Racial Dot Map

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Demographic researchers at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service have used the 2010 Census Block Data to produce an interactive map that plots a dot for every person in the United States, color-coded by race and ethnicity. Visit the link, where you can add/subtract map labels, change from black & white to color coding, and zoom into your own city or town. Below is a closer look at the six-county area that our fair housing center serves.

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