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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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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