Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit


The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that supports and encourages equal housing opportunities in the greater Detroit metropolitan area.


Established in 1977 by community members who participated in a “Coalition to End Discrimination in Housing” and, under the leadership of Cliff Schrupp, the Center’s founder and first director, the Fair Housing Center is the oldest fair housing center in Michigan and one of the oldest fair housing centers in the nation. Cliff later authored the Local Fair Housing Center Organizing Project: Organizing Instructions and Materials, a guide that was used to establish approximately twenty fair housing centers throughout the United States.


The Center’s mission is to ensure equal access to housing without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), familial status, disability, and all other protected class categories under federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws and ordinances.


From 1977 to the present, the Fair Housing Center has strived to fulfill its mission by engaging in the following activities: Providing assistance to individuals pursuing legal rights and remedies related to fair housing; offering housing assistance and counseling; providing community outreach, education and fair housing training; and performing research in the area of housing.


To date, the Fair Housing Center has received over 8,000 complaints of fair housing violations. After investigating, the Center both assisted in and initiated approximately 500 litigations, recovering over $11 million to remedy fair housing violations. An estimated $1.5 to $2 million has also been recovered by victims in non-disclosed settlements. The Center also helped thousands of others obtain the housing of their choice without the necessity of litigation.

The Fair Housing Center has been the recipient of numerous awards for its fair housing services. At the national level, the Center received a Fair Housing Testing Award from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a Best Practices Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the state level, the Center was the first awardee of the Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award from the State Bar of Michigan. 

Service Area


Our service area is the Detroit Metropolitan Area, consisting of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties.


As of 2018, this service area includes nearly 40% (38.89%) of Michigan’s population. Our service area also includes close to 70% of all Black or African American residents in Michigan, and high percentages of other racial and ethnic groups.



Office Staff


Steve Tomkowiak, B.S., M.A., J.D.

   Executive Director

Engela D. Bertolini, B.A., M.A, M.A.T.

   Coordinator of Systemic Investigations and Testing

Sam Stragand, B.A., J.D.

  Staff Attorney

Rahsaan Trice, B.A., J.D.

  Fair Housing Specialist

Roshelle Woods, B.A.

  Intake Specialist

Charles Shanaman, B.A., M.A.

  Coordinator of Administration and Investigations



Deborah Eggleston, CPA


Blair Pearce, CB


Board of Directors


Karlynne Tucker Scaggs, KITucker, LLC


Noel J. Saleh, Esq., Law Office of Noel J. Saleh, P.C.


Dennis J. Varian, Associated Management Co.


Lucy H. Maddox, Retired


Vernon L Shadd, Retired


Kae Bradley, Group Five Management

Leah Brewer, CALP, CAM, Full House Marketing, Inc.

David J. Snider, Ph.D., David Snider Associates

Terry L. Ward

Evelyn V. Caise, Caise & Associates

David J. Cross, Esq., Of Counsel, Lewis & Munday, P.C.

Hector Hernandez, Southwest Economic Solutions

Gayle S. McGregor, Esq., Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.

John A. Obee, Esq., Of Counsel, Wood, Kull, Herschfus, Obee & Kull, P.C.

Sharon Rhodes, T. J. Enterprise & Associates, Inc.

Freda G. Sampson, Freda G. Sampson, LLC

Lindsay Yousif, TCF Bank–Risk Management



Governmental Supporters

We acknowledge and appreciate the financial support we receive from national and local governmental entities. The Fair Housing Center could not operate as effectively or serve the fair housing needs of our community without this support.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Wayne County

Macomb County

Clinton Township


Dearborn Heights

Royal Oak


St. Clair Shores

Waterford Township

Farmington Hills




Contributing Sponsors and Members

The following is our list of annual members, committed to the support of fair housing in our community. We appreciate your support!

Platinum Sponsor ($10,000)

Pitt McGehee Palmer Bonanni & Rivers


Gold Sponsor ($5,000)

Lake Michigan Credit Union ($7,500 contribution)

Comerica Bank and Comerica Charitable Foundation

TCF Bank


Silver Sponsor ($2,000)

Shelby Park Manor ($2,500 contribution)


Huntington Bank


Bronze Sponsor ($1,000)

The Associated Management Company

John Obee, Esq. and Janice Obee

Dennis and Jennifer Varian

Karlynne Tucker Scaggs

Gayle McGregor, Esq.


Supporting Sponsor ($500)

Michael Tobin

Sharon Rhodes

Full House Marketing, Inc.

Village Green

Volunteers of America – Michigan

Family First Real Estate Services, LLC

Noel Saleh, Esq.

Steve Tomkowiak, Esq.

Robin Wagner, Esq.

Prof. Sharon Helene Haar


Contributing Sponsor ($100)

Evelyn V. Caise ($300)

David J. Snider, Ph.D.

Clio Barker

Kae Bradley

Lindsay Yousif

Leah Brewer

Terry Ward

Frank Aragona

Jack Schwab

Mirriam Livingstone


Member ($50)

Frederick H. Gruber, Esq.