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Fair Housing Luncheon & Workshop Series

Registration is open!  Join the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan at our annual conference to celebrate "Fair Housing Month" and highlight important issues of housing opportunity.  See nationally known speakers in content-rich workshops on a wide variety of fair housing topics and help us celebrate 50 Years of Fair Housing at our luncheon featuring inspiring presentations!

John Relman

Keynote Speaker

John Relman

Managing Partner of Relman, Dane & Colfax

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31st Annual Luncheon & Workshop Series

April 19th @ 8:15 am - 1:30 pm

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel: 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 map

Registration is open!  Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act!

8:15 am to 8:45 am – Workshop Check-In & Networking with Continental Breakfast
8:45 to 11: 45 am – Workshops
11:45 am to 12 noon – Luncheon Check-In
12 noon to 1:30 pm – Luncheon program

Please arrive by 8:30 am to receive your registration packet and breakfast.  

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON: This year’s luncheon will feature a keynote address by renowned fair housing attorney John Relman & a poetry performance by Marcel 'Fable' Price, Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, and member of The Diatribe.  Fable is a spoken word artist and author from west Michigan and is entering into his second year of a three-year term as Grand Rapids Poet Laureate.  Learn more about his work here!

WORKSHOPS: This year’s conference will also feature THREE workshop options for attendees to choose from.  Workshops will cover the following topic areas:

  • Challenging Implicit Bias (CE Marketplace certified for 2 Legal, 1 Elective CE credits)
  • Fighting for the Future of Fair Housing
  • Changing Assumptions about Housing for Seniors

Please note that the workshops and/or speakers may be subject to change.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: The FHCWM will be pursuing continuing education for social workers.  Previous FHCWM conferences have received this approval but watch this page for updates as credits are confirmed. Or, contact the FHCWM for any updates.  Please bring your License Numbers with you and be sure to sign in once you are in your workshop, otherwise you will not be eligible for credit!

CONFERENCE COST: The registration cost for this event is only $75 for a workshop AND luncheon ticket and $45 for a workshop OR luncheon ticket ONLY.  This registration cost assists the FHCWM with the costs the workshops, keynote, continental breakfast, and lunch. Due to hotel meal count requirements, we are unable to provide refunds after April 11, 2018.

SENIOR DISCOUNT: We have a limited number of FULL scholarships available for Kent County senior citizens. If interested, please call us at (616) 451-2980 and do NOT fill out the online registration form.

REGISTRATION: To register for the conference, click here. Registration is required. Space is limited. Your registration is not considered complete until payment is received.  Online registration is scheduled to close April 10, 2018 unless sessions fill sooner.

  • Click here for instructions on how to register.
  • If you have any problems in completing your registration or need an alternative option, please contact the FHCWM.
  • Please be sure to note any reasonable accommodation or dietary needs in the applicable area of your registration or contact the FHCWM.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES: Please contact the FHCWM if any accommodations are needed or note on your registration. Alternate formats of materials will be available upon request for those with disabilities.  Wheelchairs will be available for short-term use at several places; contact the FHCWM for more information.

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & Conference Center is located at 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

If you are traveling and need lodging for the night prior, downtown Grand Rapids offers several different hotel options: Amway Grand Plaza, J.W. Marriot, Courtyard Marriot, Holiday Inn, City Flats Hotel, Homewood Suites.  Call our office if you have questions about hotels outside of the downtown area.

Self-parking and valet parking are available in the Amway Grand Parking Ramp (located on the corner of Pearl Street and Monroe Avenue) with entrances on Campau and PEarl Streets.  The main lobby and valet services will be accessible.  If you park in the Amway's Self-Parking Ramp or Valet Park, you will be able ot take advantage of a discounted ticket rate and will be able to pay inside the hotel at the FHCWM's conference Workshop Check-In , as well as before and after the luncheon.

SPONSORS: A BIG thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible and allowing persons across income levels to attend!  Guest registration fees do not cover all the per person meal costs and associated expenses. Without the sponsorship of so many organizations, we would not be able to provide this affordable conference registration rate.


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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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