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

City of Wyoming Seminar for Rental Property Owners & Housing Professionals

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Speaker Topics Include:
FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES UPDATE - Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
CITY OF WYOMING RENTAL INSPECTIONS PROGRAM UPDATE - City of Wyoming Building Inspections Department

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Join us for this FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY for Wyoming landlords, rental agents, property management personnel, real estate agents, residents and others. This educational seminar is sponsored by the Wyoming Community Development Department and the Rental Property Owners Association. The 3-hour training seminar is designed to provide practical, up-to-date information to assist housing professionals in their daily compliance with fair housing laws, and also provide information on local agencies/resources who address various housing-related needs.
Certificates of seminar completion will be given - Continental breakfast served.

Download this form to register or you may also call Wyoming's Parks & Recreation Dept. at (616) 530-3164 to register.

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Summit on Race and Inclusion 2017

08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan is proud to be a Collaborating Organization for the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance's Summit on Race and Inclusion, which will be held on May 23, 2017. This year, the Summit on Race and Inclusion will examine the effects of racial disparities and strategies for their elimination at a day-long conference involving hundreds of participants from across the state of Michigan.

2001 began the first year in what was expected to be a five-year Lakeshore Region Summit on Racism series. In 2006, due to the Summit's success and high demand, it became a bi-annual event. Today, the Summit is a sold-out annual event. The day-long conference is designed to engage community members and key stakeholders in eliminating racial barriers in the lakeshore region.

Participants come to learn how discrimination affects communities economically and socially; understand how racial inclusion benefits everyone; learn tools to make a positive difference in our community; and partner with others to develop concrete plans for shaping a prosperous, inclusive future.

Learn more about the speakers here.  You can register here.

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Volunteer Tester Training @ Baxter Community Center - Evening

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To attend an evening tester training, you can register online or contact Gabe Chapla at (616) 451-2980 or 1-866-389-FAIR.

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The FHCWM welcomes all to our community! 

Regardless of immigration or refugee status, national origin, or religion- The Fair Housing Act protects you from housing discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other protected characteristics.  If you feel you are being discriminated against because of your immigration or refugee status, ability to speak English, national origin, or religious beliefs- call our office for help!

Here are some signs of possible discrimination:

  • refuse to rent to you because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religious faith;
  • refuse to rent to you because you are not from the United States;
  • charge you more rent or a higher security deposit because of where you are from, your immigration status, or because of your religious faith;
  • require you to get a co-signer because you are an immigrant, refugee or because of your religion;
  • tell you not to cook food you like because of the smell;
  • refuse to rent to you because you or some of your family members do not speak English;
  • tell you that you must speak English when outside of your apartment;
  • force you to choose an apartment near other people who are from the same country, speak the same language as you, or are of the same religion;
  • enforce rules against you or your family because you are an immigrant or refugee or because of your religion but not enforce those rules against anyone else.

Fact Sheet: Fair Housing for Refugees

While refugees are not a specific protected class under fair housing law, the protections against housing discrimination on the basis of national origin often extend to refugees. Download this fact sheet to learn more. Call (616) 451-2980 if you have questions about your rights or responsibilities to the Act.






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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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