Racial Dot Map


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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Ann Arbor Housing Advocates Training Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Housing Advocates Training on September 23 and 24th, 2014, and a Welfare Policy Seminar in the afternoon of the 24th. Both workshops are in Ann Arbor.

HAT is designed to help social service workers gain a working knowledge of fair housing law, landlord/tenant law, and housing subsidy programs. WPS focuses on the Department of Human Service’s most popular programs. Registration is required and space is limited.

The training’s are presented by staff from the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan, the Michigan Poverty Law Program, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan.

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Maternity Leave and Mortgage Discrimination

keep-calm-when-on-maternity-leaveIn June 2011 we shared with you HUD’s press release on their landmark actions concerning maternity leave and mortgage denials or delays. That press release included the Dr. Elizabeth Budde case, which is considered to be the impetus for the flurry of maternity leave/mortgage settlements now occurring across the nation.

According to the HUDdle, Dr. Budde, a Seattle-area oncologist, had been approved for a mortgage, but the lender reportedly revoked its loan approval after learning that she was on maternity leave. Even though Dr. Budde was receiving full pay and benefits while she cared for her baby, the lender said it could not consider her income because she wasn’t working. Continue reading

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Criminal Background, Arrest and Conviction Record and Fair Housing

This article was originally published in our Spring 2014 Newsletter.

The United States Department of Justice advises that more than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison every year1, and social scientists and legal scholars now estimate up to 65,000,000 people are living with a criminal conviction in the U.S.2 A high percentage of those 65 million are African-Americans and Latinos3, and we therefore believe that housing policies that ban people with criminal records impact a disproportionate number of people of color because they are over represented in the criminal justice system.

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Spring 2014 FHC Newsletter

Click here to read our latest newsletter!

Highlights include:

  • photos from of our Fair Housing Breakfast
  • a welcome to new staff
  • an article on the connection between criminal background issues and fair housing
  • updates on recently settled cases


If you’d like to receive the print version of this or future newsletters, please send your mailing information to info@fhcmichigan.org.

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