Dar’sha Hardy, an African American woman with a 5-year-old son, inquired about renting a dwelling at the Iron Properties, also doing business as River Park Lofts in Detroit. Upon her visit, a rental agent informed her of a “No Kids in This Building" policy. This policy is in clear violation of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 that prohibits discrimination against families under the age of 18 as set forth in the statute referred as Familial Status. Testing by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit supported the allegations of familial status and race discrimination as well. FHCMD Cooperating Attorney Stephen A. Thomas is representing the plaintiff. The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court and the Honorable John C. O’Meara has been assigned to the lawsuit. 

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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