The Passing of Michael Olshan

The Passing of Michael Olshan

Friday, August 03, 2018

Very grieved to report that Mike Olshan, a longtime staff member of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHC), passed away early on the morning of August 2, 2018. His lovely and supportive wife, Faye Olshan, survives him.   

If anyone would like to send a card or memorial donation, it can be sent to: 

Faye Olshan
P.O. Box 141126
Detroit, MI 48214 

I became involved in fair housing in 1990 after meeting Mike, as he always encouraged attorneys and others to become involved in fair housing. I know that many of you knew Mike from his posts, presence at many seminars and conference, and, perhaps most of all, his reminders for updated case information for the annual "$190 Million and Counting" database Mike compiled from his survey of National Fair Housing Alliance members.

We will all remember his passion for fair housing and civil rights. Those that knew Mike even earlier that this will remember his work on death penalty cases. You should all know that you were very important to him. He was always appreciative of the work you do and personally shared in your victories and defeats.  

Steve Tomkowiak
Incoming FHCMD Executive Director

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit Names Steve Tomkowiak New Executive Director

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit Names Steve Tomkowiak New Executive Director

Friday, July 13, 2018

Steve Tomkowiak will be the new Executive Director of The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD), effective August 6, 2018. Mr. Tomkowiak replaces Margaret Brown, who served tirelessly in this role since the passing of the center’s deeply respected and beloved founder, Clifford C. Schrupp, in 2013. Ms. Brown will continue her service to the center in the capacity of advisor, speaker and trainer.

Foreclosures to be sold back to owners in ACLU, city settlement

Monday, July 09, 2018
The ACLU of Michigan has reached a settlement in its 2016 lawsuit against Detroit that includes a deal to save potentially thousands of foreclosed homes over the next three years by selling them back to low-income owners for $1,000.

Feds: Oakland County’s ‘discriminatory’ housing policies fuel segregation

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Oakland County’s “discriminatory” housing policies may have exacerbated housing segregation in Metro Detroit that is the worst in the nation, according to a stunning finding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The federal agency’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity wrote a letter to county officials in April, accusing them of steering $171 million in housing aid since 1989 to homeowners at the expense of renters.
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors hosts Fair Housing 50th Anniversary Celebration

Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors hosts Fair Housing 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors held a panel discussion on the importance of fair housing at the Charles H. Wright Museum. The April 24 event was held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Fair Housing Center has been awarded a 3 year grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

2017 Sponsors and Donors

Monday, April 09, 2018
FHCMD would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the 2017
Sponsors and Donors
 who continue to encourage fairness and justice in housing.

Facebook sued for allegedly allowing housing discrimination

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
A group of fair housing organizations filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday alleging that its advertising platform allows landlords and brokers to discriminate based on gender and family status.

Feds probe possible housing discrimination at a dozen Detroit apartment buildings

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Controversial Detroit landlord Dennis Kefallinos is in hot water again as federal investigators look into whether families with children were discriminated from renting units at a dozen of his residential properties.

According to an email obtained by Metro Times, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Michigan is investigating possible fair housing rules violations at the River Park Lofts, Milwaukee Park Lofts, Grand Lofts, The Hudson Lofts, John R Lofts, Lafayette Lofts, Brooklyn Lofts, Universal Lofts, Coat Factory Lofts, 14th Street Lofts, Greektown, and Elizabeth Street Lofts.

Changes In Funding Make Your Support Even More Critical

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

HUD Funding decreases as demand for services grows
FHCMD has been working hard all year investigating claims of housing discrimination and training home seekers, landlords and management agents on fair housing laws. To date, we have over 160 new claims and have made presentations to over 4,000 people. But unfortunately, as demand for our services increases, our HUD funding is decreasing.

HUD Emphasizes Criminal Background

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In April of 2016, HUD issued an Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions.

Fair Housing Workship with CRA Officers is a success

Fair Housing Workship with CRA Officers is a success

Monday, April 11, 2016

THANK YOU to the CRA officers of Oakland County and all the participants of the Fair Housing Workshop held at the Southfield Public Library on April 5, 2016.

Event Held: Housing Training for Homeless Service Providers

Thursday, March 03, 2016

On February 10, 2016, the Corporation for Supportive Housing came to Michigan to hold a special training on fair housing for homeless service providers. Very few persons and organizations are aware that the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and the Michigan statutes - namely the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act - apply to Homeless Shelters.

Michigan Attorney General Announces Guilty Plea in Fake Mortgage Assistance Scheme

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Homeowner Protection Unit has secured a guilty plea from Steven Barry Ruza, 52, of Orchard Lake, and his company, Home Legal Group, Inc., who were accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Michigan residents that were facing mortgage foreclosures.

FHCMD Thanks our Donors and Supporters

Monday, July 20, 2015

Each year, we are lucky to have the support and resources from our community of fair housing supporters and advocates. No matter what the size of your gift or donation, we appreciate your help in making our mission a priority. Thank you to our 2015 Donors and Sponsors!

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