Please join us for the 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast on March 19th at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor. Funds raised from this event go directly to ending housing discrimination and expanding equal housing opportunities, making our community more open, accessible, and inclusive for all.
City of Howell Sued for Obstructing Housing for Women Recovering from Substance Use Disorders
On January 27, 2020, Amber Reineck House, its Founder and President, Courtney Atsalakis, and the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan filed a disability rights lawsuit against the City of Howell and two of its officials for engaging in a concerted, ongoing effort to prevent Amber Reineck House from opening a sober living home in Howell.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by Relman Colfax PLLC, Dane Law LLC, and Pitt McGhee Palmer & Rivers PC, alleges violations of the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act.
Housing Advocates Training March 11 & 12, 2020, Ypsilanti
Update: Fees go up on February 26th!
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.
We are very pleased to announce the resolution of two complaints based on familial status discrimination, in violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act. These resolutions ensure a future with many more housing opportunities with families with children.
Both complaints were filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and alleged that the respondents engaged in systemic discrimination against families with children across properties in multiple states by enforcing overly-restrictive occupancy policies of no more than two people per bedroom regardless of a unit’s square footage. Through the use of testing, both investigations determined that most floor plans were large enough under state and local law to accommodate more occupants than the “two person per bedroom” rule enforced by the agents. HUD did not make a determination on the merits of the allegations in either case.