The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan is seeking a qualified individual to provide programmatic and administrative support. This position will be based in Ypsilanti*; occasional travel may be required within our 10-county service area (Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw Counties).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com