Tickets on Sale Now for 8th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

Fair Housing Center Raising Funds to Combat Housing Discrimination

The Fair Housing Center (FHC) will host its 8th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast on October 21st at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor. Funds raised from this event go directly toward ending housing discrimination and expanding equal housing opportunities, making our community more open, accessible, and inclusive for all.

All are welcome to attend this event, which brings together housing professionals, advocates, educators, government officials, and other community members from across our 10-county service area. The space is wheelchair accessible and interpretation services are available. At this time the FHC will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated, and will reevaluate health and safety measures closer to the date of the event.

The FHC is pleased to announce Robert G. Schwemm will be the guest speaker. Professor Schwemm’s fair housing writings include the leading treatise in the field, Housing Discrimination: Law and Litigation, and numerous articles in leading law reviews throughout the country. He has been plaintiff’s counsel in many significant housing discrimination cases, including three in the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Schwemm is the Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Prior to becoming a law professor, he practiced with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and then served as chief trial counsel for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago.

Many of his articles are available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_schwemm

8th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast
Thursday, October 21
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor

Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance; the cost is $50 for members of the FHC, $75 for non-members. Table discounts available. Details at www.fhcmichigan.org/breakfast or directly on Ticket Tailor.

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of its Sponsors. To see a list of all Breakfast sponsors, please visit www.fhcmichigan.org/breakfast

Gold:

McKinley Companies, LLC

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Silver:
Bank of Ann Arbor
Homepoint
PNC Bank
Zillow

Interested in sponsorship? Contact Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org or view the Sponsorship Invitation.

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Advanced Housing Advocates Training

Housing Advocates Training PLUS (HAT+) has been scheduled for July 28, August 4, and August 11. This virtual training will be held from 2-4 PM on each of those Wednesdays.

You must have attended the original Housing Advocates Training within the past three years to attend HAT+. If you are unsure of your attendance date, please email Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org.

Housing Advocates Training PLUS (HAT+) is a deeper dive into practical fair housing and landlord/tenant advocacy, as well as current and historical housing policy issues that impact the people we serve. HAT+ attendees will work through realistic advocacy scenarios, hear from local, state, and federal housing experts, and have the opportunity to “troubleshoot” real-world client and agency challenges. Trainers may include representatives from the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Michigan Poverty Law Program, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.

The link to the registration form and payment button can be found here.

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REALTORS Show Support for Fair Housing Goals

This month the nation celebrates the 52nd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. This landmark civil rights legislation was the result of years of individual and collective struggle against discrimination in sales, rental, financing and other housing-related transactions. The Act now protects the buyer or renter of a dwelling from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status.

The above ad is in the April edition of the Ann Arbor Observer. Those listed are REALTORS® who pledge to “actively support the letter and the spirit of the federal, state and local fair housing laws.”

REALTORS®, we are grateful for your support and the support of the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®. We applaud you for taking a public stand against discrimination in housing. Showing your commitment to equality and fairness is a giant step for fair and equal housing for all in our communities.

JPG of the actual ad. You can also download the higher quality PDF above (download button).
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Virtual Housing Advocates Training – Registration Open

~ April 8 and 9 ~

Registration Now Open!

This two-day virtual training is an excellent resource for anyone working as an advocate (clients/consumers also welcome). Housing Advocates Training (HAT) is three 2 – 2.5 hour sessions, and Welfare Policy Seminar (WPS) is an optional two-hour session. Trainers include staff and attorneys from the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, the Michigan Poverty Law Program, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Registration is required.

HAT is designed to help social service professionals gain a working knowledge of fair housing law, landlord/tenant law, and housing subsidy programs. By the end of the training attendees will know:

• how to recognize signs of housing discrimination;
• how to advocate for a victim of housing discrimination;
• the services offered by fair housing organizations;
• the basis of the landlord/tenant relationship;
• how to advocate for clients in need of housing repairs;
• how the eviction process works;
• how to advocate for clients in an eviction or lockout;
• the services offered by Legal Services programs;
• the basic characteristics of housing subsidy programs; and
• the rights and responsibilities of tenants in subsidized housing programs.

WPS will focus on the Department of Human Service’s most popular programs, including cash assistance, food assistance, state disability assistance and Medicaid. There will also be a brief overview of Social Security programs, including SSI, RSDI and Medicare. The session will include explanations of these programs, including covered services and eligibility requirements, as well as advocacy strategies. Please bring your questions and cases, discussion is welcome.

Once registered, additional information will be sent to you.
Questions? Contact Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org

Register Here

Cost:
$53.00 online fee. $50.00 registration via check postmarked by March 29. After March 29: $63.00 online, $60.00 registration via check.

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HUD: We Will Now Fully Enforce FHA to Prohibit LGBT Discrimination

Sexual orientation and gender identity are now officially included in “sex” discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. While our office has been acting under this assumption for decades, we both applaud and are hopeful for what this official declaration means for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming community members. 

Jeanine M. Worden, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, announced last Friday that HUD is the first federal agency to formally implement President Biden’s Executive Order 13988 on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.

“Under the President’s Order, and in collaboration with HUD’s Office of General Counsel, we have concluded that the Fair Housing Act… prohibits sex discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity,” wrote Worden. “HUD-funded housing discrimination studies indicate that same-sex couples and transgender persons in communities across the country experience demonstrably less favorable treatment than their straight and cisgender counterparts when seeking rental housing.”

The Memo also directs all HUD offices and recipients of HUD funds to enforce the Act accordingly.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development memo 

Urban Institute’s paired-testing study on same-sex couples and transgender individuals

Sexual Orientation and Housing Discrimination in Michigan, Michigan Fair Housing Centers

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