Who We Are

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan is a private, non-profit Fair Housing Center. We actively work to investigate complaints of illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, age, (and potentially) condition of pregnancy, source of income, family responsibilities, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, HIV status, and political orientation. #fairhousingforall

The mission of the Fair Housing Center is to end discrimination in housing and public accommodations and to promote accessible, integrated communities.

The FHC takes an average of 150 complaints a year from our ten county area–Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties. Since 1992 we have aided in the filing of over 92 lawsuits, with a settlement total of over $2.5 million.

We provide investigative services, testing, advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referral and community education. If you think you have experienced housing discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center. We will take your complaint and let you know what your options are.

Our History:

Fair housing laws are not self-enforcing. The NAACP-Ypsilanti/Willow Run, NAACP-Ann Arbor, and the Housing Law Reform project, along with community members concerned with civil rights, began work in 1989 to start an organization that actively protects the civil rights of those who are discriminated against in the rental, sale, or financing of housing.

The Fair Housing Center opened in 1992 as the Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County. In 2002 we grew to serve Lenawee and Monroe counties and changed our name to the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan. Then in 2009, we began to cover Jackson, Ingham, and Livingston counties. In 2015 we expanded to Clinton and Eaton counties, in 2016 we changed our name (to reflect our larger service area) to the Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan, and in 2018 we added Hillsdale and Shiawassee counties.