Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
FY14 Private Enforcement Initiative –
Multi-Year Component - $300,000.00
The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) will use its grant to conduct the following fair housing related enforcement activities: recruit and train testers; conduct complaint intake; assist individuals in filing complaints with HUD or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR); refer complaints to HUD; conduct complaint based tests including rental, sales, and tests of mortgage lenders, and conduct systemic tests of housing providers in the metropolitan Detroit area. FHCMD anticipates receiving and investigating a number of complaints of discrimination involving affordable rental housing primarily involving properties in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. These will be complaints alleging discrimination based on any of the characteristics protected under the Fair Housing Act or substantially equivalent fair housing laws. Testing will be conducted in relation to those complaints, complainants will be advised of their right to file their complaint with HUD, and, if adequate evidence of unlawful treatment is present some complainants will choose to be referred to attorneys.
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