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  • 40th Anniversary Fair Housing Leadership Awards

    After 40 years of championing the cause of fair housing and civil justice, it is time to celebrate!!!  The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the Fair Housing Leadership Awards Reception which will be held at the Federal Reserve Conference Center, 1600 E Warren Ave, in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 beginning at 5:30 pm. 
     
    Joining us are true social justice warriors: Peter Hammer, Esq. Stephen Henderson, Mayor Brian Hartwell, Esq. And Jim Pierson.
    Special Acknowledgement to our Sponsors: 
    Dart Properties II LLC
    Associated Management Company
    Comerica Bank
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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.

State and federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on national origin, religion, and ancestry.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Call the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit at 313-963-1274 if you think you have been the victim of housing discrimination because you are an immigrant or a refugee, because of where you are from, or because of your religious faith.

The fair housing laws protect you regardless of your immigration status.

It is illegal for a landlord to treat you differently because of your immigration status, national origin, or religion. That means people involved in renting homes cannot:

 refuse to rent to you because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religious faith;
 refuse to rent to you because you are not from the United States;
 charge you more rent or a higher security deposit because of where you are from, your immigration status, or because of your religious faith;
 require you to get a co-signer because you are an immigrant, refugee or because of your religion;
 tell you not to cook food you like because of the smell;
 refuse to rent to you because you or some of your family members do not speak English;
 tell you that you must speak English when outside of your apartment;
 force you to choose an apartment near other people who are from the same country, speak the same language as you, or are of the same religion;
 enforce rules against you or your family because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religion but not enforce those rules against anyone else.

It is illegal for a landlord to ask you to identify your religion.

It is illegal for a landlord to ask you questions about your immigration status because of how you look, talk or dress.

Some landlords, owners, real estate agents, etc., might ask if you are in the country legally, ask to see your green card or visa, or ask for your social security number. If you think that you are being asked about your immigration status because of where you are from, call the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit.

State and federal fair housing laws continue to protect you once you are living in your home or apartment. A landlord, owner, real estate agent or anyone else cannot:

 ask you to remove your head scarf, hijab, burka, keffiyeh, kippah, other religious clothing, or other religious symbol;
 evict you because of your religion, your immigration status, or your refugee status;
 threaten or harass you because of your religion, your immigration status, or your refugee status.

Harassment or threats include:

 Threatening to report you to the police or immigration authorities because of your immigration status;
 Saying you will be deported;
 Telling you to go back to your own country;
 Painting graffiti or writing on your home, including using slurs or threats to harm you or your family if you do not move out;
 Yelling racial, ethnic, or religious slurs at you and your family;
 Blocking access to your home, your belongings, or property amenities (like a swimming pool or laundry area)

YOU ARE ALSO PROTECTED IF YOU ARE BUYING A HOME OR ATTEMPTING TO GET A MORTGAGE. Call the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit if you believe you are being prevented from buying a home or getting a loan because of your immigration status, refugee status, or your religion.

*There are some exemptions from the fair housing laws. Please call the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit even if you think your landlord may be exempt from the law.

Margaret Brown on WDET radio

Friday, December 23, 2016.

Margaret Brown on WDET radio
On December 15, 2016, FHCMD Executive Director Margaret Brown appeared on WDET radio with Bridge Magazine reporter Mike Wilkinson on the Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson program. Together they discussed Mr. Wilkinson’s article, “Black Flight to Suburbs Masks Lingering Segregation in Metro Detroit,” and racial segregation in housing.
 
To hear a recording of the broadcast, click on the link below to open a page on the WDET website, then click on the audio link just above the social media and printer icons on that page.
 

Series: How I Became Involved In Civil Rights

Monday, November 14, 2016.

STORIES FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCES IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

Some months ago, FHCMD began a series of essays from individuals who described aspects of their involvement in the civil rights movement. We continue the series with essays from former board member William Deligannis and current board member John Obee, Esq.

Below are John Obee’s responses to my Selma article. I have enjoyed learning more about how he became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. John and I hope that our correspondence can contribute to conversations with each other when we are together in future times.

John Obee first became aware of my Selma article when Margaret sent it to him for comment. I wanted to know how several people responded to it before I saw it in print!

I hope our correspondence is interesting and useful to you.

Dr. David Snider

Here is John Obee’s latest email:

David: Absolutely you may send both of my emails, as I agree that it can open a discussion that is important. As to your questions about my growing up, I actually grew up in what Jim Loewen in his wonderful book “Sundown Towns” characterizes as a “Sundown” area, as I grew up in the Thumb of Michigan where there were no folks of any diversity other than white and Jim is convinced that that was not by accident. I had no contact with anyone African American at all until probably when I went to Mississippi in 1967. What inspired me: A book. I can trace the when and how of my “enlightenment” from a speech class that I had while I was in the Seminary. We had to do an expositive reading and I reached out to a friend of mine for something to read and he gave me the Fire Next Time. It is still one of the most powerful pieces of writing that I have ever read and it started me reading everything that I could about Civil Rights and the African American experience (some of which the priests in the seminary actually discouraged, actually confiscating books of mine until I figured out a way around them). How I wound up in Mississippi is an even longer story for another day, and in my more religious days, I used to say that it was “grace” at work. Today as with my fellow veteran, I say that I was truly lucky to have been an incredibly small part in the most important Movement that this country has ever witnessed. I hope to see you on Wednesday and look forward to continuing the dialogue which I am truly glad that you started. John

Click here to read the full article. 

Facebook to stop ads that target, exclude races

Monday, November 14, 2016.

Article from the November 11, 2016 USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing ads related to housing, credit or employment.

"We are going to turn off, actually prohibit, the use of ethnic affinity marketing for ads that we identify as offering housing, employment and credit," Erin Egan, Facebook's vice president of U.S. public policy, told USA TODAY.

Facebook will also require advertisers to affirm that they will not place discriminatory ads on Facebook and will offer educational materials to help advertisers understand their obligations, Egan said. 

http://usat.ly/2fIdDl9

Reflections Inspired By Selma Movie

Thursday, March 03, 2016.

Stories from people who have had first-hand experiences in the civil rights movement.

Dr. David J. Snider is a member of FHCMD’s Board Executive Committee.  David is owner and primary consultant of David Snider Associates, which helps leaders and teams work together more effectively.   The following is his essay that describes the impact the Selma march had on him as he returned to the South.  

I believe that white folks talking with each other and letting African Americans and other persons of color know how we were taught racism helps us free ourselves from our racist past. Telling African Americans how we were taught to be racist probably will surprise few adult African Americans. After all, they had to recognize racism in order to survive. For us to be willing to say how we were taught to be racist lets them know we know we have some awareness of our own racism. Talking about how we were taught to be racist and how we recognize racism today lets people of color know they can have conversations with us about racism. Our cross-racial conversations about racism increase the possibility that we can work together to challenge racist behavior. The conversations can be uncomfortable. They also can help create very supportive and accepting connections with African Americans. 

Click here to read the full article.

“Fair Housing: A Place to Call Home” Video

Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Toledo Fair Housing Center, WGTE Public Media has produced a documentary detailing the work of this great center.
 
“Fair Housing: A Place to Call Home” tells of the creation of the Toledo Fair Housing Center as well provides a history of housing discrimination in the U.S. Local and national leaders in the fight for fair housing are interviewed and describe the importance enforcing fair housing laws. This wonderful, educational video is a must see.
 
Click below to see the video. 

A Civil Rights Moment, Featuring Board Member Lucy Maddox

Monday, July 20, 2015.

Stories from people who have had first-hand experiences in the civil rights movement.

Having been born and reared in Birmingham, Alabama, I was accustomed to the segregation laws of Alabama.  I did not like them but had no idea how to get rid of them.  It was not until Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Birmingham and started scheduling meetings that I really realized what a racist society we were living in. 

I never had any racial problems because I abided by those segregated laws as did everyone else.  What white people would consider staying in your place.

My first experience with Dr. King was when he was keynote speaker at the Emancipation Day Observance January, 1956.  At 16th Street Baptist Church, what later became the official meeting headquarters of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama.  This was after the Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama December, 1955.

At this event with Dr King, I sang in the mass choir.  The Church was filled to capacity with people seated downstairs in the basement of the church listening to Dr. King speech (no screens just speakers). And another crowd standing across the street in the Kelly Ingram Park with speakers in trees to provide sound of Dr. King’s  speech to that group. No memory of the time frame but not very long thereafter, Dr. King returned to Birmingham and started planning meetings with a group of Baptist Ministers headed by Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and later included other people and renamed SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference). 

Rev. Shuttlesworth passed about three years ago and the Airport in Birmingham is now named Shuttlesworth International Airport.  It was at one of these meetings that a list of demands was developed removal of colored and white signs at water fountains and restrooms, and the hiring of people of color for jobs other than janitorial positions. 

When this list of demands was presented none of them were met.  Eugene (Bull) Conner, Police Commissioner for the City of Birmingham, stated that it was “Unlawful for the races to mix, and there were laws on the books of Alabama to prove it”. He was right but we were about to remove those antiquated laws on the books of Birmingham.

I volunteered in Dr. King office, opening mail bags because mail was coming from all over the world with donations. (The smallest amount I remember receiving was $1.00 bill in an envelope and the largest donation I opened was a $10,000.00 cashier’s check). I also helped to schedule sit-ins at lunch counters and marches and demonstrations.  Dr. King wanted only non-violet participants and that was my reason for working in his office.I felt I was unable to sit at a lunch counter and have catsup poured in my hair, or walk down the streets and have objects thrown at you. But there were more than enough non-violent participants willing to get involved because they were feed up with segregation. 

Dr. King and a delegation tried several times to meet with the Downtown Merchants Association and they refused to let them into the meetings. It was at that time we voted to boycott the Downtown stores (there were no shopping malls at that time).  The Boycott started one month prior Easter.  This time frame was chosen because that’s the time Ladies bought beautiful Easter hats and purchased outfits for the children to wear to the Easter program at church.  During the boycott members of the Downtown Merchants Association. Attended several meetings asking Dr. King to call off the boycott because they were not making any money. 

Downtown was like a ghost town when we stop shopping the white people stayed at home also, we never understood it but interpreted it as support for us and there were several white supporters.The boycott was very successful and eventually all the demands were met.  I worked on a committee to visit the stores that had hired Blacks as cashiers and other better positions for  the first time, to make sure those persons were actually working in those positions.The signs came down and we were able to eat at the restaurants located in the Department stores while shopping.  We no longer had to go to the basement to the “Hot Dog” stand located next to the “white” men’s restroom and stand down there and eat your hotdog.  The Utilities Companies also hired people of color as cashiers and salespersons. As a result of this action taking place at this time in the South, it created a Civil Rights Era and that era was from 1954 - 1971.

I am very happy I was able to rush home from my job in a " Fluff Dry Laundry" and volunteer my time in the office of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That is an experience I will always cherish. As these changes were made in Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma changes were made throughout the Country all because of a God Sent man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who followed a “Dream” that God had given him.   I thank God and Dr. King for changing the lives of all people of color.

Foreclosures fuel Detroit blight, cost city millions

Thursday, June 25, 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.
 

You can generate funds for FHCMD with your purchases on Amazon.com

Monday, January 26, 2015.

You can generate funds for FHCMD with your purchases on Amazon.com

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.

FHCMD remembering the victims of Charleston and our collective efforts to obtain peace

Monday, June 22, 2015.

Essay: We Can't 'Feel No Ways Tired'
by ANDREA KING COLLIER

For sale: Detroit land bank seeks buyers for vacant houses

Tuesday, June 23, 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

Tuesday, June 23, 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

 

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

Monday, June 08, 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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2015 Membership Campaign Matching Funds Needed

Tuesday, June 02, 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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The UN Reports on the Status of Human Rights in the U.S

Tuesday, November 11, 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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