Next Week’s Event Honors Rental Agent Who Exposed Illegal Discrimination

You are invited to attend the Fair Housing Center’s upcoming Breakfast with guest speaker Sara Pratt. Wednesday, March 22nd, 8:30 – 10:30AM at Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor.

We are pleased to announce that rental agent Chelsae Lakin will receive the Fair Housing Center Board of Directors’ Award for her willingness to expose illegal housing discrimination.

Tickets are available until noon on Friday, March 17th. Proceeds from the event go directly toward investigating and ending housing discrimination.

Sponsored in part by McKinley, Comerica Bank, PNC Bank, and the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.

Weber’s Restaurant
and Boutique Hotel

3050 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Map and Driving Directions

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Join Our Brackets for Good Team!

We’ve been selected to participate in Brackets For Good 2017!

Last year we had a ton of fun and raised over $3,600. The competitive giving action tipped off again last Friday, March 3rd. You can help us win the championship donation of $10,000 by putting your points (dollars) on the board!

Every dollar donated to the FHC for the Brackets for Good tournament goes directly to support our mission, and brings us a step closer to the next round of competition. $1 = 1 Point. Contribute one point or 100 – everything can help us advance!

Visit here to score points for the FHC. Like a real basketball tournament, our online competition will come down to the wire. Help decide the fate of our organization in this fun tournament!

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Video Clips for Housing Justice


Video Clips for Housing Justice!

Casting Call! Video Clips Needed!
FHC Video Project : Welcome In My BackYard

The Fair Housing Center is working on a video project and we need YOU!

We are looking for a diverse representation of people of any race, color, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, national origin, etc., to be a part of our new Welcome In My BackYard (WIMBY) video project. All languages welcomed.

What to do:

  1. Take a video of yourself or others (individual and group shots encouraged) reading all or part of the WIMBY pledge out loud
  2. Upload the video to our Google Photo Album “FHC Welcome in My BackYard Video Share” to the following link: https://goo.gl/photos/jji5btFMZmgb3Mvz5  

By publicly submitting your video, you (and anyone else in your video) agree that we have permission to use any portion of your video content in our final video, which could be used for education, fundraising, general WIMBY and fair housing outreach. Continue reading

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Fair Housing Laws Protect Immigrants, Refugees, and People of All Religious Faiths

 

State and federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on national origin and religion.  In our eight-county service area, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and Ypsilanti all have “policies related to diversity, welcoming and immigration.”

For a complete list of all the people protected from discrimination, click here.*

Call the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan at 877-979-FAIR if you think you have been the victim of housing discrimination because you are an immigrant or a refugee, because of where you are from, or because of your religious faith.

The fair housing laws protect you regardless of your immigration status.

It is illegal for a landlord to treat you differently because of your immigration status, national origin, or religion.  That means people involved in renting homes cannot:

  • refuse to rent to you because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religious faith;
  • refuse to rent to you because you are not from the United States;
  • charge you more rent or a higher security deposit because of where you are from, your immigration status, or because of your religious faith;
  • require you to get a co-signer because you are an immigrant, refugee or because of your religion;
  • tell you not to cook food you like because of the smell;
  • refuse to rent to you because you or some of your family members do not speak English;
  • tell you that you must speak English when outside of your apartment;
  • force you to choose an apartment near other people who are from the same country, speak the same language as you, or are of the same religion;
  • enforce rules against you or your family because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religion but not enforce those rules against anyone else.

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FHC Receives MLK Service Award

FHC Staff and Board of Directors were honored to receive the Martin Luther King Community Service Award by the Church of the Good Shepherd. The congregation has a 28 year tradition of recognizing people and organizations who work toward intersectional justice. We are humbled to join the ranks of the esteemed previous recipients. Thank you to all who were a part of the celebration. We promise to continue our work to end housing discrimination.

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Receiving the MLK Award: (From L to R) FHC staff Pamela Kisch, Jessica Ortiz, Niki Green, and Kristen Cuhran. FHC Board Secretary/Treasurer Michael Appel, previous Board Member Paul Haynes, and current Board Member Edward Moorman.

 

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