The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (previously the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern 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 170 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 85 lawsuits, with a settlement total of over $2.45 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.
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 and in 2016 changed our name (to reflect our large service area) to the Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan. In 2020 we began serving Hillsdale and Shiawassee counties.