REALTORS Show Support for Fair Housing Goals

This month the nation celebrates the 52nd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. This landmark civil rights legislation was the result of years of individual and collective struggle against discrimination in sales, rental, financing and other housing-related transactions. The Act now protects the buyer or renter of a dwelling from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status.

The above ad is in the April edition of the Ann Arbor Observer. Those listed are REALTORS® who pledge to “actively support the letter and the spirit of the federal, state and local fair housing laws.”

REALTORS®, we are grateful for your support and the support of the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®. We applaud you for taking a public stand against discrimination in housing. Showing your commitment to equality and fairness is a giant step for fair and equal housing for all in our communities.

JPG of the actual ad. You can also download the higher quality PDF above (download button).
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Virtual Housing Advocates Training – Registration Open

~ April 8 and 9 ~

Registration Now Open!

This two-day virtual training is an excellent resource for anyone working as an advocate (clients/consumers also welcome). Housing Advocates Training (HAT) is three 2 – 2.5 hour sessions, and Welfare Policy Seminar (WPS) is an optional two-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.

Once registered, additional information will be sent to you.
Questions? Contact Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org

Register Here

Cost:
$53.00 online fee. $50.00 registration via check postmarked by March 29. After March 29: $63.00 online, $60.00 registration via check.

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HUD: We Will Now Fully Enforce FHA to Prohibit LGBT Discrimination

Sexual orientation and gender identity are now officially included in “sex” discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. While our office has been acting under this assumption for decades, we both applaud and are hopeful for what this official declaration means for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming community members. 

Jeanine M. Worden, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, announced last Friday that HUD is the first federal agency to formally implement President Biden’s Executive Order 13988 on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.

“Under the President’s Order, and in collaboration with HUD’s Office of General Counsel, we have concluded that the Fair Housing Act… prohibits sex discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity,” wrote Worden. “HUD-funded housing discrimination studies indicate that same-sex couples and transgender persons in communities across the country experience demonstrably less favorable treatment than their straight and cisgender counterparts when seeking rental housing.”

The Memo also directs all HUD offices and recipients of HUD funds to enforce the Act accordingly.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development memo 

Urban Institute’s paired-testing study on same-sex couples and transgender individuals

Sexual Orientation and Housing Discrimination in Michigan, Michigan Fair Housing Centers

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REALTORS® Stand Up Against Housing Discrimination

The Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS® (AAABoR) is partnering with the Fair Housing Center to support the 2021 REALTORS® for Fair Housing Campaign

“We are asking local REALTORS® to publicly pledge their support for the letter and the spirit of fair housing law,” said Tom Renkert, Chief Executive Officer, Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS®. “We understand what an important role REALTORS® have in ending discrimination, and we stand by our Code of Ethics and commitment to diverse communities.”

Interested REALTORS® can visit this link to read more about the campaign and take a stand against discrimination in housing. Or, go directly to the google form to sign on now!

Funds raised from this investment go to supporting the Fair Housing Center’s mission to end discrimination in housing and public accommodations and to promote accessible, integrated communities.

This April, the nation will be celebrating the 52nd Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. This landmark civil rights legislation was the result of years of individual and collective struggle against discrimination in sales, rental, financing and other housing-related transactions. The Act now protects the buyer or renter of a dwelling from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status.

Read the full press release here.

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New Section 8 Housing Voucher Protections

The City of Ann Arbor and the City of Ypsilanti have both recently changed their non-discrimination ordinances to specifically include housing vouchers (section 8) in the protected class of source of income. Citizens who feel they have been illegally denied a housing opportunity due to their housing voucher can contact the Fair Housing Center at 877-979-3247 or complaints@fhcmichigan.org.

Links to both ordinances are on our website at fhcmichigan.org/what-we-do/about-the-law

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