Criminal Background and Housing Info Session

Heard This?

“We have a blanket ‘no felony’ policy”
“If you served time in the last 20 years, we won’t take you”
“We don’t even look an application if you have a criminal record”
“Arrested? You can’t live here”

If any of these comments affect your life (or the lives of your family and friends) we encourage you to come this free community event in downtown Ypsilanti. The Fair Housing Center will present on the new HUD rule that addresses criminal background and housing, provide information on help that is available, and allow time for questions from attendees.

Advocates, please share this training information to previously incarcerated individuals and their families.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Downtown Ypsilanti (location given at registration)
​6:00-8:00 pm / Food and drinks provided / FREE

Registration Required. Space is limited. 877-979-3247

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Brought to you by the Fair Housing Center, AFSC-MCJPNation Outside, and the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency. This program is possible in part thanks to a grant by United Way of Washtenaw County.

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Dates Set for Housing Advocates Training

Housing Advocates Training is designed to help social service professionals gain a working knowledge of fair housing law, landlord/tenant law, and housing subsidy programs.

Housing Advocates Training will be held on Tuesday, September 19th from 9:15-5 PM.
Welfare Policy Seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 20th from 9:15-11:45 AM.

Details and Registration information can be found here.

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.

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United Way Awards $7,700 Grant to Fair Housing Center

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI  48107   (877) 979-FAIR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2017

For more information, contact:
Kristen Cuhran, (877) 979-3247

UNITED WAY AWARDS $7,700 GRANT TO

FAIR HOUSING CENTER

The United Way of Washtenaw County has awarded the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHC) a grant of $7,700 for their “Fair Policy, Fair Chance” Project.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development recently issued guidance which bans both private and public housing providers from using strict “no felony” rules for tenant selection.

The Fair Policy, Fair Chance project will educate landlords, people with prior felony convictions, and service providers working with people with felonies about the change in HUD’s rule, as well as share best practices for tenant selection with landlords. The ultimate goals are to ensure that landlords are following the new guidance and that people at risk of homelessness understand their rights. Continue reading

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Welcome In My BackYard (WIMBY) Pledge

If you support diversity and inclusion in your community (you don’t have to live in Michigan), please take a moment to read the WIMBY Pledge and add your name to the list of people who “welcome people from all walks of life in [your] neighborhood and community, and value human diversity in all its forms.” An email confirmation will be sent to you after you sign the Pledge. You can find posters, yard signs, etc., on that page as well.

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New Federal Fair Housing Complaint Filed Against Ann Arbor Property

Management delays ramp installation, forces woman to crawl into home.

The Fair Housing Center has initiated a fair housing discrimination lawsuit based on disability against Group Five Management Company and TG Properties LLC, the owners of Randolph Court Apartments in Ann Arbor.

Read the full press release here.

Since age 4, Sarah Tankson has suffered from a debilitating neurological disorder known as dystonia. Prior to signing a lease at Randolph Court at the end of 2016, the manager stated in writing that Ms. Tankson would be able to install a wheelchair ramp upon move in.

Ms. Tankson then contacted the FHC in January 2017, after Randolph Court Apartments management threatened to fine her unless she removed her makeshift ramp after each use [see image on left below].

Ms. Tankson and her aide complied by permanently removing the makeshift ramp materials, as it was not possible to stow them after use. As a result Ms. Tankson was forced to remain shut in her apartment or crawl out of her unit on days she required outside care. Ms.Tankson missed many doctor appointments as a result of being unable to safely leave her apartment, which caused the symptoms of her disability to worsen. Continue reading

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