Our History

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit was established in April 1977; later that year the first housing discrimination lawsuit that was supported by FHC testing evidence was ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.

Since then, The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit has actively investigated over 6,000 complaints and contributed to over 11 million dollars in settlements. FHCMD has played a major leadership role in supporting fair housing across the United States; having assisted in helping establish fair housing centers in over 20 different metropolitan areas and working to train and inform hundreds of home seekers, attorneys, property owners and management companies.

Key Milestones and Accomplishments:

  • Contracted with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Housing Market Practices Survey, the nation's first social science study of the quality and quantity of racial discrimination in the nation's rental and sales housing markets.
  • Recipient of the Kimberly M. Cahill Award from the State Bar of Michigan, in recognition of the Center's 30+ years of fair housing activity, including its work with hundreds of members of the State Bar.
  • Contracted with government housing agencies on the county and federal level to conduct testing and produce standardized guidelines for housing-related inquiries.

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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