FCHMD Case Spotlighted in News Media

A FHCMD case successfully settled was spotlighted by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative news organization. ProPublica focuses exclusively on stories with “moral force” by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them. Entitled “No Sting: Feds won’t go undercover to prove housing discrimination,” the investigative piece is about the mixed-race Rembis family of nine who were living in Dearborn and seeking housing in rural Hudson, Michigan. The story quotes Claire Rembis, a mixed-race woman, describing the rental process of the landlord, to the extent of visiting the family’s current home to see how they lived and commenting on the skin color of family members. A settlement included damages of $12,500 to the family and required the landlord to take fair housing training. The FHCMD story can be found at: http://www.propublica.org.