Tickets Now Available for 5th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

Eventbrite - Fair Housing Breakfast with Richard Rothstein

You are invited to attend our 5th Annual:

Fair Housing Breakfast

A benefit to support our mission of ending discrimination in housing and public accommodations and promoting accessible, integrated communities.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor

We are delighted to announce that Richard Rothstein, research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, will be the guest speaker at our Breakfast. Mr. Rothstein is the author of the acclaimed new book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.”

Tickets are available now. If you would you like to check your membership status or become a member now, please call 1-877-979-FAIR or email Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org. Tickets may also be purchased via check (for no fee) made out to “Fair Housing Center” with the name of attendee in the memo line, sent to the Fair Housing Center, P.O. BOX 7825, Ann Arbor MI, 48107, postmarked by March 16th.

 

Thank You to our Sponsors: 
(as of 1/3/2018)

Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors
Ann Arbor State Bank
Bank of Ann Arbor
Charles Reinhart
Michigan Realtors
Standard Printing
University of Michigan Credit Union
Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

Interested in sponsorship? Click here for details.

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Annual Meeting December 5th

Dear Members and Friends,

Please join us for our 26th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:00 PM at our office in Ypsilanti. In addition to case updates, we will vote on our Board of Directors and the 2017-18 budget, and hear about the State of the Organization. A casual dinner will be served.

Please RSVP by December 1st to kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org or by phone at 1-877-979-3247. As always, your support and participation are greatly appreciated. This is our chance to thank you in person for helping us work toward ending housing discrimination in our communities.

Best Regards,

Pam, Kristen, Jessica, and Niki

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Funny Video on the Not-so-Funny History of Housing Segregation

How the Feds Created Housing Segregation, a Short History

Learn more about how a history of redlining and racism created disparities in housing policies, neighborhoods, and the overall health and well being of non-white people that still impacts us all today.

The segment from ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING features civil rights journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.

If you feel called to action, get involved with your local Fair Housing Center.

Want to read more? Check out the episode’s references here.
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FHC Settles Case for Wheelchair User Forced to Crawl into Home

We are pleased to report that Tankson v Randolph Court Apartments has settled.

Sarah Tankson, who has a debilitating neurological disorder known as dystonia and uses a wheelchair, contacted the Fair Housing Center in January 2017 for help with a request for reasonable accommodation. Prior to signing a lease at Randolph Court in Ann Arbor, she was told in writing that she could install a wheelchair ramp at her unit in order for her to get into her home.

According to the lawsuit, once Ms. Tankson moved in, Randolph Court Apartments management told her that she must remove her temporary ramp and stow it away after each use. Because it was not possible for her to stow and then reconstruct the ramp each time she needed to use it, she and her aide complied by removing the materials, thus forcing Ms. Tankson to remain shut in her apartment or crawl out of her unit on days she required outside care. Ms. Tankson missed many medical appointments as a result of being unable to safely leave her apartment, which caused the symptoms of her disability to worsen.

Only after repeated intervention by the Fair Housing Center, as well as local media coverage, did Randolph Court allow the ramp installation. The case was filed in Federal Court, settled for a non-disclosed amount, and Sarah can now access her home.

Read the full story here

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Ms. Tankson’s health aide Karen Kelsey, FHC staff Niki Green, and Sarah Tankson celebrating the installation of Sarah’s ramp with a cake and ice cream party at the FHC office.

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New Criminal Background & Housing Fact Sheet

The Fair Housing Center is pleased to announce the release of our seventh Fair Housing Fact Sheet. The new fact sheet is titled “Fair Housing, Criminal Background & Arrest Record.”

You can find all of our fact sheets here.

 

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