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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.

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.
 

Detroit News Editorial: Detroit foreclosure crisis was a team effort

Monday, July 06, 2015.

Detroit has been ravaged by reckless and often unscrupulous mortgage lending. The resulting foreclosure crisis is a leading cause of the city's blight, and a major impediment to its comeback.
 
An investigative report by The Detroit News found that one-in-three homes have been foreclosed in the last decade. Half of the foreclosed homes are now blighted, at a cost to taxpayers of $500 million.
 

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

 

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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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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The AmazonSmile Foundation fund the FHCMD with your help

Monday, January 26, 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

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.

A FAIR HOUSING STORY: Healing Stories Summit held at Marygrove College - Natalie

Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Natalie's story

The Healing Stories Summit, held on March 1, 2014, was a great success. Held at Marygrove College in Detroit there were over 100 attendees gathered to hear stories of housing discrimination, housing foreclosure and other acts of social injustice. Two of the stories came from the archives of FHCMD. Listen to Natalie's story.

A FAIR HOUSING STORY: Healing Stories Summit held at Marygrove College - James Stevenson

Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

James Stevenson's story

The Healing Stories Summit, held on March 1, 2014, was a great success. Held at Marygrove College in Detroit there were over 100 attendees gathered to hear stories of housing discrimination, housing foreclosure and other acts of social injustice. Two of the stories came from the archives of FHCMD. Listen to James Stevenson's story.

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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