Supreme Court Saves Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan has been working for 23 years to open up housing free from discrimination. Our work aims to allow people the ability to live where they choose – not where others deem acceptable.

We have settled 82 lawsuits, gained over $1.8 million dollars in settlements for complainants, and successfully negotiated dozens of disability rights cases. We have been able to do this because of the Fair Housing Act.

Last Thursday, June 25th, the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 to keep a critical piece of its legacy: the disparate impact claim. This claim allows Americans to challenge not only laws, policies, and practices that are intentionally discriminatory, but also those that have an unjustified discriminatory effect. 

This ruling is a solid victory for equal opportunity and for the future of our nation. The Court’s decision will not only continue to protect millions of Americans, but it also upholds the important principle that, as a nation, we value the diversity of the communities in which we live, especially at a key moment for racial justice in America.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Read the opinion of the Court: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

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