Fair Housing Center of West Michigan


Fair Housing Luncheon & Workshop Series

Each year the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan hosts an annual conference to celebrate "Fair Housing Month" and highlight important issues of housing opportunity by featuring nationally known speakers with content-rich workshops on a wide variety of fair housing topics, leading into a keynote luncheon presentation. 

Wade Henderson

Keynote Speaker

Wade Henderson

President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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30th Annual Luncheon & Workshop Series

April 27th @ 8:15 am - 1:30 pm

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

Opening Doors to Housing Choice

Please see below for information on Pearl Street Construction and Parking.

Advance registration is required and online registration is now closed.

Click here for details about the panelists and workshops. There are continuing education credits available for Social Workers registered for the "Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Seniors" workshop and Real Estate Professionals registered for the "Hot Topics in Fair Housing: Sales and Lending Legal Update" workshop.  Please bring your License Numbers with you and be sure to sign in once you are in your workshop.


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





Pearl Street in front of the Amway Hotel motor lobby/valet area is under construction.  During construction, the road will be closed to through traffic and local access will be maintained to the extent possible. Detours will be clearly marked and are depicted on the map at right.  The westbound detour will utilize Ottawa, Fulton, Mt. Vernon, and Front. The eastbound detour will utilize Scribner, Bridge/Michigan, Monroe, Lyon, and Ottawa.  Driving Directions (including road closures).


Self-parking is available in the Amway Grand Parking Ramp (located on the corner of Pearl Street and Monroe Avenue); with entrances on Campau and Pearl Streets.  You may want to use the Campau entrance to avoid the contstruction on Pearl. The main lobby and valet services will be accessible through construction.  Learn more about nearby parking ramps, street/free parking, and municipal parking options.

Conference check-in begins at 8:15 a.m., with the serving of a light continental breakfast.  Workshops begin promptly at 8:45 a.m.  Luncheon check-in begins at 11:40 a.m. The keynote luncheon will follow the workshops, beginning at 12 noon and lasting until 1:30 pm.

Special Performance: 
This year's luncheon will feature a special guest poetry performance by Rachel Gleason of The Diatribe in Grand Rapids.  Ms. Gleason is a poet and musician from west Michigan and has been a member of The Diatribe, a spoken word collective non-profit, since 2013.  The FHCWM is excited to have Ms. Gleason perform at the event and invite all those interested to learn more about her work here!

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.


Looking to keep learning after the Fair Housing Workshop & Luncheon?

Partners for A Racism-Free Community is hosting the Forum 2017: Facing Inclusion event on April 27, 2017 from 8am- 6pm.  Click here for more information!

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