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  • Fundraiser Launched: 2015 Membership Campaign Matching Funds Needed

    With much gratitude, FHCMD welcomes Dennis Varian of Associated Management and FHCMD board member, Terry L. Ward as co-chairs for the 2015 Outreach & Education Initiative.

    This year, the center must raise $60,000 in matching funds in order access the HUD grant dollars that are critical to the continued functioning of the Center.

     

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OVER 11 MILLION DOLLARS WON IN SETTLEMENTS
Averaging over $33,000 per concluded litigation
SUPPORTING FAIR HOUSING THROUGHOUT THE US
FHCMD has assisted in over 20 metropolitan areas in the US
OVER 6,000 COMPLAINTS ACTIVELY INVESTIGATED
Since the formal inception of FHCMD in 1977.

Foreclosures fuel Detroit blight, cost city millions

on Thursday, 25 June 2015.

Article from the June 25, 2015 DETROIT NEWS
 
Detroit — Subprime lending and bargain-basement sales of foreclosed homes by banks and other mortgage lenders have helped create miles of blight in Detroit and a half-billion dollar liability for the city.
 
The Detroit News scoured thousands of property records to catalog the conditions of 65,000 mortgage foreclosures since 2005. The investigation shows for the first time the extent of damage to neighborhoods and the bill Detroit inherited when foreclosed homes were left open to destruction.
 
The toll is massive: 56 percent of mortgage foreclosures are now blighted or abandoned. Of those 36,400 homes, at least 13,000 are slated for demolition at a projected cost of $195 million, The News found. The city lost another $300 million in tax payments from foreclosed homes that Wayne County seized for nonpayment of taxes.
 

For sale: Detroit land bank seeks buyers for vacant houses

on Tuesday, 23 June 2015.

“Fahle says Detroit's land bank has perhaps more properties than any other in the world.”  Read More

Jason Margolis | NPR | June 11, 2015

How Detroit taught itself to demolish vacant houses safely

on Tuesday, 23 June 2015.

“Having completed a major overhaul of the demolition process, Detroit’s new demolition practices balance speed, cost and environmental performance.”Read More
Cassie Owens | Next City *Underwritten by Community Progress  | June 12, 2015

 

2015 Membership Campaign Matching Funds Needed

on Tuesday, 02 June 2015.

Terry L. Ward

With much gratitude, FHCMD welcomes Dennis Varian of Associated Management and FHCMD board member, Terry L. Ward as co-chairs for the 2015 Outreach & Education Initiative.

This year, the center must raise $60,000 in matching funds in order access the HUD grant dollars that are critical to the continued functioning of the Center.

Dennis Varian on Why I Support Fair Housing

I support equal housing first, because I believe it is the right thing to do. Second, because it is the law. Third, because I believe it benefits my industry of multifamily property management by providing broad and open markets. I support the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit because it makes sure that the law is enforced and everyone's housing rights are protected and also provides education for our industry and our customers. - Dennis Varian, President, The Associated Management Company

Since its inception over thirty years ago, the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) has fought for the right for all home seekers to be treated fairly and with dignity. They have assisted in the establishment of fair housing centers in more than 20 communities and helped educate and guide thousands working in legal affairs, property management and real estate. The FHCMD has helped to earn over $11 million in financial settlements and awards for victims.

Your support of the Fair Housing Outreach and Education Initiative, will help us to continue providing the community, the state and the region with critical information in the fight against housing discrimination.

Funds will be used for training and public information programs about fair housing issues and will help provide consulting and program implementation to employers, businesses, governmental units, attorneys and housing providers. Legal training for attorneys litigating fair housing cases and support to neighborhood groups and community organizations will also be offered.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Since its inception in 1977, FHCMD has played a major leadership role in supporting fair housing across the United States. We hope that you will support us today by making a contribution to the Fair Housing Outreach and Education Initiative.

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Rep. Ellison fighting racial segregation in housing on the floor of the House

on Monday, 08 June 2015.

Representative Keith Ellison - 5th District of Minnesota

Congress debates ending important fair housing enforcement tools, fight back with us by making your tax deductible donation now.  Basic individual memberships start at $15.00.

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The AmazonSmile Foundation fund the FHCMD with your help

on Monday, 26 January 2015.

The AmazonSmile Foundation fund the FHCMD with your help

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) when you shop at smile.amazon.com. You will receive the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping as on Amazon.com, with the added benefit that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price.

The UN Reports on the Status of Human Rights in the U.S

on Tuesday, 11 November 2014.

The United Nations reported on the status of race in the United States in a special report issued in August. The UN committee noted many achievements that have occurred over the years while also noting how much work is yet undone. 
 
 
Guest Editorial
 
Tim Greer, MS is a FHCMD freelance paralegal, an advocate and former prisoner. In his Master of Science essay, entitled Employment, Public Benefits, Housing & Family: The impact of Free Legal Services on Prisoner Reentry (2013),  Greer shares his insights into the plight for housing and other social  services for this segment of our population. 
 
 
FHCMD is proud to highlight the insights and opinions of our fair housing community.  Contributors opinions are that of the writer and not necessarily  those of our board of directors, staff, members or sponsors.

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The evidence from the housing discrimination complaints filed with FHCMD by home seekers, from the "testing" conducted by the FHCMD, and from the statements provided by many housing providers who support fair housing laws and are willing to step forward to help expose violations of those laws, demonstrates that practices of unlawful housing discrimination continue and the services of FHCMD are needed. Read more