Remembering Clifford Schrupp

We lost an important friend to the Fair Housing Center when Clifford Schrupp, the founder and Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHC-Detroit), passed away on September 11, 2013. He was 74. Cliff was a national leader in fair housing enforcement. Under his direction, the FHC-Detroit aided in the filing of over 400 lawsuits, with over $11,500,000 in settlements. 

“I met Cliff in 1989; I wanted his advice on bringing fair housing services to Washtenaw County. I was fortunate to later work for Cliff, along with the late Marvin Thomas (Coordinator of Investigations for FHC-Detroit). When there was extra money in a federal grant, Cliff offered our organizing group $20,000 in start-up funds to open an office in Washtenaw County. I am sure these funds could have been shared among the existing fair housing groups, or used to aid his chronically underfunded office in Detroit, but that wasn’t the way Cliff worked. He was passionately committed to expanding fair housing enforcement. He was my mentor and friend for over 20 years. I will miss his clear thinking on case strategy, his sharp analysis of race in America, and his constant encouragement to keep up the fight against housing discrimination.”   -Pam Kisch, FHC Director

“Cliff was a great resource for fair housing centers around the country. He was steadfast in his belief in the power of enforcing the law, and working for change. He was a kind and gentle person too–very understated. And he always showed up for Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan events, even though he didn’t have to.”

– Ruth Kraut, FHC Special Projects Coordinator

“He was a person of rare generosity of spirit, integrity and perseverance, and we are so fortunate that he devoted his considerable skills to the promotion of civil rights for all. While his work in Michigan kept him busy, to be sure, Cliff was always ready to share his time and expertise with colleagues from around the nation. He did so with grace and humility, and it was an honor to know him.” William R. Tisdale, President and CEO Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, September 15, 2013 

“Cliff was the smartest guy in the room, but he never acted like it.” – Mary Bejian, ACLU of Michigan

“What a loss to us all – a friend, a mentor, and an amazingly patient, thorough, and optimistic agent for change.” – Judy Levy, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion produced a video honoring Cliff, titled “Cliff Schrupp 2013 Humanitarian Tribute.” We encourage you to take a few moments to learn more about the life of this extraordinary “agent for change”.

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