Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

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Housing Professionals

Make it fair - we can help!

Housing professionals play a key role in fair housing and equal opportunity.  How we promote and sell housing, mortgages, or insurance affects more than the real estate market. When done fairly, it can support diverse and welcoming neighborhoods, and it gives everyone equal access to the full range of housing options. Even with the Fair Housing Act and other laws in place, achieving fair housing can be a complex task. We want to prevent housing discrimination in the first place, and we believe everyone-especially real estate agents, lenders, insurance agents, and landlords-can play a role.

Connect with our educational opportunities

The Fair Housing Center offers a wide variety of educational services for housing professionals.  These services range from one-on-one technical advice over the phone to general or specialized trainings, and even extend to community-wide events.  Learn more about our Educational Services or view a calendar of our Upcoming Events and Trainings.

Research best practices

The Fair Housing Center wants to work with housing providers to ensure that housing discrimination is prevented before it happens.  You can ensure that you prevent housing discrimination and further fair housing by implementing fair housing best practices whether it be in advertising, design and construction, lending, rental, sales, etc.  Visit the Publications page as we continue to provide information, guidance and resources.

Learn more about fair housing laws

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in housing transactions based on: race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, and age.  Laws in some communities add protections on addtional bases, such as source of income and sexual orientation among other local protections.  Learn about the laws in "What is Fair Housing?" or access an overview and links to the full text of federal, state and local fair housing laws.  It is important to know the fair housing protections that apply within the geography you serve.

Review and download educational materials

While the actual laws surrounding fair housing may not change very frequently, that doesn't mean that there aren't new things to learn or areas to increase expertise.  Stay up-to-date with fair housing information regarding guidance and implementation of fair housing laws, rules, and regulations. Visit Publications to find Fair Housing Center brochures and fact sheets, HUD memorandums, and other guidance materials.  You can also read our latest newsletters.

Request a copy of the HUD fair housing poster

Does your rental, lending or sales office need a copy of the HUD fair housing poster, as required by 24 CFR 110? Printing of this poster has been temporarily suspended by HUD. Those in need of posters are being advised to visit the HUD portal to print smaller versions of the English Posters and/or Spanish Posters. Please call our office at (616) 451-2980 for questions or concerns. 

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20 Hall Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Phone: 616-451-2980
Fax: 616-451-2657

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