Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan is the front door to housing choice, ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to choose housing that's right for them. We work to prevent housing discrimination, remove barriers that allow it to persist, and restore housing choice when discrimination happens.

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Upcoming Events

Michigan Association of Planning's Annual Conference

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fair Housing Takes Center Stage:
This summer, the US Supreme Court decision reaffirmed that fair housing laws not only address intentional housing discrimination but also policies or practices that have discriminatory effect, even if they were not intended to.  And HUD’s recent Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule provides HUD program participants with an approach to better incorporate into their planning processes the duty to overcome historic patterns of segregation, achieve balanced, integrated and inclusive communities, and promote fair housing choice.  The process includes technical guidance, local demographic data, and a new assessment tool to help identify barriers to opportunities, develop localized solutions, and steer implementation investments.  These actions empower planners and other local leaders with the tools and legal backing to take action.  Featuring: Steve Dane (Relman, Dane & Colfax), Nancy Haynes (FHCWM), Brett Lenart (Washtenaw County) and David Long (HUD Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity).

Information about all the offered sessions and registration is available!

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Out of My Mind

11:45 am

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Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording....

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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Training "Expanding Opportunity"

10:00 am - 12 noon

Please join us for a FREE training on HUD’s new Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule featuring a presentation by Debby Goldberg, Vice President of Housing Policy & Special Projects at the National Fair Housing Alliance.  This training will help attendees better understand the history and purpose of the AFFH requirement as well as the key features and new requirements of the Final AFFH rule.  Advanced registration is required.

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National Fair Housing News

President Obama Speaks about New Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

“Making Our Communities Stronger through Fair Housing”

WASHINGTON, DC—President Obama, in his July 11 radio address, spoke about his administration’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule that makes it easier for communities to implement the Fair Housing Act.  The President said that the new AFFH rule enables communities to ensure that housing is fair and that no American’s destiny is determined by a ZIP code. More info.

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project

Click here for the June 25, 2015 decision and here for an article, "The Power of the Supreme Court’s Decision in the Fair Housing Act Case", in Poverty and Race Research Action Council's newsletter.

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20 Hall Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Phone: 616-451-2980
Toll-free: 866-389-FAIR
Fax: 616-451-2657

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