Welcome in My BackYard (WIMBY)

Join with the Fair Housing Center Staff and Board and take the Pledge in Three Easy Steps

  1. Read the Pledge (linked & below)
  2. Sign the Pledge (below)
  3. Download the WIMBY sign for your home, or visit our store for yard signs, bumper magnets, cups, t-shirts and much more.

Share Your Commitment to the Principles of WIMBY

    1. Share a pic of yourself with the WIMBY logo and use the hashtag #fhcWIMBY
    2. Share the Pledge (email, social media, print out and give to your neighbor – you decide!). You can also download a pledge sheet.

Talk to us about your Commitment

    1. If you have already signed, we’d love to hear what impact it made on you, if any. Please take 2 minutes now to answer a few questions and share your thoughts.
    2. If you just signed, please share with us what you think your plans for taking action will look like in the next year.

The WIMBY Pledge

The W I M B Y Pledge : Welcome In My BackYard

I who have signed below affirm that I welcome people of all walks of life in my neighborhood and community, and value human diversity in all its forms. I cherish my right to live according to my own values and beliefs, and respect the rights of others to do the same.

I am personally opposed to and will try to find ways to speak out against:

 Housing discrimination and other forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), disability, familial status, marital status, age, source of income, student status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression;

 Verbal and physical harassment and abuse of all kinds, especially against children;

 Racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic acts;

 The "not in my backyard" attitude toward group homes, foster-care homes, shelters, and public, cooperative, and subsidized housing;

 Ethnic intimidation;

 Anti-immigration and anti-immigrant actions and prejudice;

 Anti-gay, lesbian, and bisexual harassment and violence;

 Anti-transgender and gender expression harassment and violence.

I recognize that I may also hold such prejudices and stereotypes of various kinds developed during my life. Over the next year, I will try to better understand and reverse such attitudes in order to ensure that I do not act upon them.

I also intend to exercise my rights of free speech and political expression by displaying the WIMBY sign for the next year, in order to increase consciousness in my neighborhood and community about the principles of this pledge.

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History: In 1994, in response to hate crimes in Ann Arbor, our office worked with community members to start the WIMBY campaign (Welcome in My BackYard). We edited the original version and relaunched the campaign in 2017, during a time of increased intolerance, to help make visible the large number of people who believe in diversity and inclusion.

Looking for the FHC WIMBY video campaign information? Click here.