Ticket Sales Now Open for 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

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.

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FHC Sues City of Howell

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. 

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Free Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Fair Housing Training

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights & MDCR Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing along with the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan would like to invite you to a FREE Fair Housing Training for those in the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Communities and the Organizations that Provide Services to these communities.

Advanced registration is required – please see this form from the MDCR for instructions.

The training will be on Wednesday, February 26th from 1 to 4 pm at SPARK East Innovation Center located at 215 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. If additional accommodations will be needed, please let us know.

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March Housing Advocates Training Registration Now Open

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.
 

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FHC Complaint Resolutions Open Up Thousands of Housing Opportunities for Families with Children

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 footageThrough 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.

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