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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
L. R. Management Services Corporation

Rules for "Poets for Housing Fairness " Poetry Contest!

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we are looking for poets to help us honor housing fairness. The first, second, and third place winners will present their works at our annual Leadership Awards on September 27th.
* DEADLINE EXTENDED *
Email your video entries to poetry@fairhousingdetroit.org by SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
Click on "Read more" below to see the rules.

FHCMD Thanks our 2016 Donors and Supporters

Each year, we are lucky to have the support and resources from our community of fair housing supporters and advocates. No matter what the size of your gift or donation, we appreciate your help in making our mission a priority. 

Thank you to our 2016 Donors and Sponsors:

Changes In Funding Make Your Support Even More Critical

HUD Funding decreases as demand for services grows 
FHCMD has been working hard all year investigating claims of housing discrimination and training home seekers, landlords and management agents on fair housing laws. To date, we have over 160 new claims and have made presentations to over 4,000 people. But unfortunately, as demand for our services increases, our HUD funding is decreasing.

HUD Emphasizes Criminal Background

New guidance addressing discrimination complaints based on criminal background 
In April of 2016, HUD issued an Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of
Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing
and Real Estate-Related Transactions.
Fair Housing Workship with CRA Officers is a success

Fair Housing Workship with CRA Officers is a success

THANK YOU to the CRA officers of Oakland County and all the participants of the Fair Housing Workshop held at the Southfield Public Library on April 5, 2016.

Event Held: Housing Training for Homeless Service Providers

On February 10, 2016, the Corporation for Supportive Housing came to Michigan to hold a special training on fair housing for homeless service providers. Very few persons and organizations are aware that the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and the Michigan statutes - namely the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act - apply to Homeless Shelters. Thanks to an extensive discussion of the subject matter, the State of Washington published a detailed manual.

Click here to download the manual.

 
FHCMD Holds Its18th Annual Leadership Awards

FHCMD Holds Its18th Annual Leadership Awards

On September 30, 2015, the community gathered at the Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle to join the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit in honoring Congressman John Conyers, Attorney Emily C. Hall and Jim and Lynn Davis for their contributions to the cause for fair housing during their annual Leadership Awards reception.  
 
 

FHCMD Thanks our Donors and Supporters

Each year, we are lucky to have the support and resources from our community of fair housing supporters and advocates. No matter what the size of your gift or donation, we appreciate your help in making our mission a priority. 

Thank you to our 2015 Donors and Sponsors:

19th Street
1st Pitch Property (Peterson)
Anan Ameri
Michael Appel
Appeltons
ATEV Management
Clio Barker
Sally Bell
Cheryl Birks
Kae Bradley
Leah Brewer
Attorney Margaret Brown
Carl Bunin
James Bush
Evelyn V. Caise
Robert Carson
Chasteen
Kamal Cheeks
City of Dearborn
City of Farmington Hills
City of Livonia
City of Monroe
City of Southfield
City of St. Clair Shores
City of Warren
City of Westland
Sandra Clemons
Comerica Bank
Continental Management
Cormorant
Benjamin H. Davis, III
William Deliagiannis
William H. Eargle, Jr. CPA
David Elder
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
Scott Falconer
Fenton Management Co
Susan Feulner
FH Council of Northern New Jersey
First Independence Bank
First Merit Bank

Flagstar Bank
Boulus Ghraib
Giarmaro
Jeffrey Gonda
Goodshop
Grand Bend
Attorney Saul Green
Janice Green
Karl Gregory
Spencer Gregory
Joseph Guggenheim
Attorney Emily C. Hall
Lynn Hathorn
Hector Hernandez
Attorney Otto J Hetzel
Gregory Holiday
Patricia Jacobs
Jacobson Management LLC
Karen Johnson-Moore
Joseph Guggenheim
Attorney Chui Karega
Pam Kisch
Louistine  Larry, JD
Hon. Judith Levy
Dr. E'toile Libbett
Mirriam Livingstone
Attorney John Lucas
Lucy Maddox
Attorney Mark Magidson
Bill Martin
Attorney Barbara McQuade  
Meijers  
Attorney Regina Meo
Hon. Beatrice Pennie Millender
Attorney Richard Mittenthal  - In Memory of Joyce Mittenthal
Attorney John Mogk
Aurine & Charles Moore
National Association of Realtors
Attorney John Obee
Beatrice  Paige
Hon. Linda Parker
Tamara Parker
Peak Management
Pentuik
Perry Place
Quicken Loans
Regal Towers Property
Attorney John Relman  
Gregory Rosenberg
Attoney Noel Saleh
Freda Sampson
Shawn Sanford
Schiecte
Jack Schwab
Katherine See
Levita Shackelford
Vernon Shadd
Chuck Shanman
Walter Shapero
Russell Simmons
Elaine Simpson
Dr. David J. & Judy Snider
Gregory Spencer
Elizabeth Stafford
Kathleen Strauss  
Attorney Gary  Strauss  - Strauss & Strass
Talmer Bank
Greer Thibodeau
Attorney Stephen Thomas
Cassandra Thomas
Thomas Thomas
Attorney Pamela Thompson  
Attorney Michael Tobin
Karlynn Tucker
U. S Department of Housing and Urban Development
Dennis Varian
Village Green Management Company
Volunteers of Michigan America
Natalie M. Waleed, MBA
Terry L.  Ward
Waterford Township
Wayne County
Wayne State University Law School
Lee Weber
Larry Weber  
Westland Colonial
Windsor Apartments
Wood Kull
Attorney Jermaine Wyrick
Annette Zyski

 

Michigan Attorney General Announces Guilty Plea in Fake Mortgage Assistance Scheme

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Homeowner Protection Unit has secured a guilty plea from Steven Barry Ruza, 52, of Orchard Lake, and his company, Home Legal Group, Inc., who were accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Michigan residents that were facing mortgage foreclosures. As part of the plea, restitution will be paid to the victims, with the possibility of additional restitution at the judge’s determination.

HUD Announces Final Rule On Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a final rule today to equip communities that receive HUD funding with data and tools to help them meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds. HUD will also provide additional guidance and technical assistance to facilitate local decision-making on fair housing priorities and goals for affordable housing and community development.

Former FHCMD Board Member Elected District Director of National Realtors Association

Former Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit Board Member E'tioile Libbett was elected as 14th District Director of the Michigan Realtors Association. This is a correction from the article published in the July 2015 newsletter in which she was stated as having been elected to the presidency of that association.  Furthermore, Ms. Libbett has been appointed by the National Association of Realtors as the Federal Political Coordinator to Congresswoman Brenda  Lawrence.  Finally, she is a volunteer with respect to both positions. We stand corrected.

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.

 

Rosa Parks papers give insight into the civil rights icon

The Library of Congress will make the personal collection of the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks available to researchers for the first time.

Bad Wall Street Detroit Mortgage Loans

An potential class action lawsuit alleges that top level Wall Street bankers' pushed sub-prime loans in Detroit.

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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