Tenants and Homebuyers
What Does Housing Mean to You?
Fair housing means everyone should have an equal opportunity to choose housing that meets their needs free from unlawful housing discrimination. Whether you rent an apartment, live in a condo, or own a house, your housing probably means much more than your address. It affects your commute, it might lead you to shop at one grocery store over another, and if you have children, it may affect your choice of schools. That's why, at the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, we make sure that the door to fair housing is always open.
Learn About Your Fair Housing Rights
The Fair Housing Act and other laws protect people from discrimination in housing based on: race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, familial status, disability, marital status and age. Some communities also protect people from discrimination in housing based on their source of income or sexual orientation among other local protections. Learn more about your rights in "What is Fair Housing?".
Report a Claim of Illegal Housing Discrimination
Housing discrimination sometimes happens blatantly, but is more often difficult to recognize or fully identify. If you feel like you had a housing experience where you were possibly treated differently than someone else because of your race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), familial status, marital status or age, it may be housing discrimination. Learn about the signs of housing discrimination or contact us to report discrimination.
Get Involved with Fair Housing
Fair housing starts with you. The Fair Housing Center works to ensure that the doors to housing choice in our communities remain open, but we can't do it alone. Learn more about ways that you can Give & Get Involved or view our calendar of Upcoming Events.