The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) extends its thanks and appreciation to the plaintiffs, testers, witnesses and attorneys who have assisted the cause of fair housing by participating in the following litigations.
A settlement of $100,000 in the matter of FHCMD v. Shelby Park Manor has been reached, reports Cooperating Attorney John A. Obee. After more than a year of testing, the Shelby Township property showed evidence of differences in treatment on the basis of race and familial status. FHCMD filed an action in Federal Court earlier this year.
Research and housing investigations conducted by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) in the metro Detroit area indicate that approximately 40% of the time protected group homeseekers receive potentially unlawful differences in treatment by housing providers. The proper percentage of differences in treatment should be 0%.
The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHC), in order to advance the cause of fair housing and to help secure the legal rights of complainants who allege violations of state or federal fair housing laws, enters into "Agreements" with certain private practice attorneys. Those attorneys, referred to as "FHC Cooperating Attorneys", agree to accept FHC referred cases in accordance with the terms outlined in the FHC Contingent Fee Agreement.