The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) is pleased to announce a resolution. The plaintiff, Joyce Simmons, a resident of the Grosse Pointe Condominium community in Harper Woods, Michigan, made several requests to her landlord, Dieter Kies, to allow her a reserved handicap parking space close to her home. Ms. Simmons is disabled within the meaning of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and the Michigan Persons With Disability Civil Rights Act, and her treating physician provided ample information supporting her need for a reserved parking space. However, the defendant, Dieter, refused each and every request. Ms. Simmons contacted the FHCMD and she was referred to John M. Lucas, a cooperating attorney. A federal lawsuit was filed against Vision Property Management Group, LLC, and the Grosse Pointe Condominium Association. The action was resolved and the terms of the settlement are confidential. The case was assigned to the Honorable Mark A. Goldsmith.

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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