Realtors: Receive CE credit for FH Breakfast! (CE Marketplace)

We are pleased to announce that the 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast has been approved for 1-hour non-legal elective CE credit by CE Marketplace!

To receive credit, Michigan licensed real estate salespersons/brokers will need to bring their NRDS/license number and last 4 digits of their SS# to complete an attendance verification form at the event.

The event will be held at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor the morning of Wednesday, March 19th.

Tickets and information can be found at

Interested in sponsorship? Click here for details.

Questions? Call Kristen at 877-979-FAIR (3247).

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Ticket Sales Now Open for 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

Please join us for the 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast on March 19th in Ann Arbor. Funds raised from this event go directly to ending housing discrimination and expanding equal housing opportunities, making our community more open, accessible, and inclusive for all.

Lisa Rice, President of the National Fair Housing Alliance, the nation’s only national civil rights agency solely dedicated to eliminating all forms of housing discrimination, will join us as our guest speaker. 

Breakfast begins at 8:30 AM and our program begins promptly at 9 AM and includes the FHC Board of Directors Award presentation, Ms. Rice’s talk, and a Q & A. Tickets can be purchased by check (made out to “Fair Housing Center”, PO BOX 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107) or online. The cost to attend is $50 for FHC Members and $75 for Non-Members. Table discounts are also available. A portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.

If you have any questions about the event or your membership status, please contact Kristen at  We hope to see you there!

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FHC Sues City of Howell

City of Howell Sued for Obstructing Housing for Women Recovering from Substance Use Disorders

On January 27, 2020, Amber Reineck House, its Founder and President, Courtney Atsalakis, and the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan filed a disability rights lawsuit against the City of Howell and two of its officials for engaging in a concerted, ongoing effort to prevent Amber Reineck House from opening a sober living home in Howell.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by Relman Colfax PLLC, Dane Law LLC, and Pitt McGhee Palmer & Rivers PC, alleges violations of the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act. 

Further details: 

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Free Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Fair Housing Training

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights & MDCR Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing along with the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan would like to invite you to a FREE Fair Housing Training for those in the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Communities and the Organizations that Provide Services to these communities.

Advanced registration is required – please see this form from the MDCR for instructions.

The training will be on Wednesday, February 26th from 1 to 4 pm at SPARK East Innovation Center located at 215 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. If additional accommodations will be needed, please let us know.

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March Housing Advocates Training Registration Now Open

Housing Advocates Training
March 11 & 12, 2020, Ypsilanti

Update: Fees go up on February 26th!

This two-day training is an excellent resource for anyone working as an advocate (clients/consumers also welcome). Housing Advocates Training (HAT) is a full day, Welfare Policy Seminar (WPS) is an optional three-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. [Note: WPS is one three-hour session.]

Upcoming Housing Advocates Training and Welfare Policy Seminar:

Washtenaw County 2020
Ypsilanti – HAT Informational Flyer 2020

  • Wednesday, March 11th, for HAT9-5 pm (fee). Continental breakfast and lunch included. Registration begins at 8:45. Location only sent after participant has registered.
  • Thursday, March 12th, for WPS, 9 am -12 pm (no cost)

To register: please fill out the registration form via Google Forms here. You can pay online (using PayPal) or send in a check made out to Fair Housing Center, PO BOX 7825, Ann Arbor MI 48107. Registration fees go up after February 26th.

New Training Opportunity! Housing Advocates Training Plus (HAT+) will be held on May 6th in Washtenaw County. You must have previously attended HAT in the past three years to register for HAT+. Registration materials will be available soon. Call or email for more information.

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