Fair Housing Center Resolves First Lawsuit in Shiawassee County – Reasonable Accommodation Granted to Corunna Resident

We are pleased to announce that a new fair housing disability discrimination lawsuit was settled in the Eastern District of Michigan by FHC Cooperating Attorney Daniel Gwinn. Our complainant accepted a monetary settlement and was given her reserved accessible parking space and sign. This is the first FHC-aided fair housing complaint in Shiawassee County.

Settlement reached after elderly woman denied handicapped parking space at Shiawassee County apartment complex,” MLive-The Flint Journal, 3/11/2022

Fair Housing Center Resolves First Lawsuit in Shiawassee County”Durand Now, 3/16/2022 

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Housing Advocates Training, April 2022

Register and Learn More Here

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 Public Benefits Training (PBT) 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. Please note that this training is not intended for housing providers or realtors- feel free to contact us with questions about this. 

Housing Advocates Training (HAT) – Zoom Virtual Event
Tuesday, April 12: 10 am – 3:30 pm (one hour break for lunch noon – 1 PM) 
Thursday, April 14: 10 am – noon

Public Benefits Training (PBT)
Thursday, April 14: 1 pm – 3 pm

Register and Learn More Here

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We are hiring

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan is seeking a qualified individual to provide programmatic and administrative support. This position will be based in Ypsilanti*; occasional travel may be required within our 10-county service area (Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw Counties). 

Read the entire posting here.

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Tickets on Sale Now for 8th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

Fair Housing Center Raising Funds to Combat Housing Discrimination

The Fair Housing Center (FHC) will host its 8th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast on October 21st at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor. Funds raised from this event go directly toward ending housing discrimination and expanding equal housing opportunities, making our community more open, accessible, and inclusive for all.

All are welcome to attend this event, which brings together housing professionals, advocates, educators, government officials, and other community members from across our 10-county service area. The space is wheelchair accessible and interpretation services are available. At this time the FHC will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated, and will reevaluate health and safety measures closer to the date of the event.

The FHC is pleased to announce Robert G. Schwemm will be the guest speaker. Professor Schwemm’s fair housing writings include the leading treatise in the field, Housing Discrimination: Law and Litigation, and numerous articles in leading law reviews throughout the country. He has been plaintiff’s counsel in many significant housing discrimination cases, including three in the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Schwemm is the Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Prior to becoming a law professor, he practiced with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and then served as chief trial counsel for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago.

Many of his articles are available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_schwemm

8th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast
Thursday, October 21
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor

Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance; the cost is $50 for members of the FHC, $75 for non-members. Table discounts available. Details at www.fhcmichigan.org/breakfast or directly on Ticket Tailor.

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of its Sponsors. To see a list of all Breakfast sponsors, please visit www.fhcmichigan.org/breakfast

Gold:

McKinley Companies, LLC

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Silver:
Bank of Ann Arbor
Homepoint
PNC Bank
Zillow

Interested in sponsorship? Contact Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org or view the Sponsorship Invitation.

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Advanced Housing Advocates Training

Housing Advocates Training PLUS (HAT+) has been scheduled for July 28, August 4, and August 11. This virtual training will be held from 2-4 PM on each of those Wednesdays.

You must have attended the original Housing Advocates Training within the past three years to attend HAT+. If you are unsure of your attendance date, please email Kristen at kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org.

Housing Advocates Training PLUS (HAT+) is a deeper dive into practical fair housing and landlord/tenant advocacy, as well as current and historical housing policy issues that impact the people we serve. HAT+ attendees will work through realistic advocacy scenarios, hear from local, state, and federal housing experts, and have the opportunity to “troubleshoot” real-world client and agency challenges. Trainers may include representatives from the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Michigan Poverty Law Program, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.

The link to the registration form and payment button can be found here.

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