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FHCMD Teaches How to Do Well by Doing Good

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This year FHCMD sponsored a litigation seminar aimed at attorneys interested in expanding their practice into the enriching and rewarding area of Public Service Law. A keynote presentation by John Relman, a prominent fair housing litigator from Washington, D.C., was followed by presentations from FHCMD cooperating attorneys John Obee, Chui Karega and Steve Tomkowiak.

Funding Needed to Continue the Fight For Fair Housing

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In a letter dated April 1st, Congressman Al Green, a representative from Texas’ 9th congressional district, sent a letter to Congress asking for $45.6 million in funding for fair housing support. The letter states that FHIP is the only dedicated source of funding for education and enforcement of fair housing laws and powerfully demonstrates the work going on at all levels to secure and protect funding for our cause.

SETTLED: William Stridiron v. Plymouth Woods Apartments, LLC

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

NEWS ITEM, JUNE 2014 - - FHCMD Cooperating Attorney Gary Strauss advised that he obtained a settlement in the matter of William Stridiron v. Plymouth Woods Apartments, LLC located in Livonia. The plaintiffs suffers from PTSD, a disability recognized by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, and, upon receiving a notice that his landlord would not renew his lease, he requested that they allow more time in which to relocate his family of four. 

FILED: Bradley v. Charbonneau Cooperative, et al

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

NEWS ITEM, JUNE 2014 - - Larry and Karen Bradley, an African American married couple residing in Detroit sought to take advantage of the LIVE IN DETROIT program through Ms. Bradley’s employment  with DTE Energy. They attempted to purchase a unit at Charbonneau Cooperative located in Lafayette Park section of Detroit.

Settlement: Szelinski-D’Mariano v. Lake Village of Auburn Hills, LLC, et al.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Cooperating Attorney Steve Tomkowiak has informed FHCMD that he has obtained a settlement in Federal Court in the amount of $25,000 on behalf of Anja Szelinski-D’Mariano against the owners and management of Lake Village of Auburn Hills. Ms. Szelinski-D’Mariano, a 20- year Air Force veteran with service in the Gulf War, suffers from chronic knee and lower-back pain, which severely limits her ability to walk.

$100K Settlement Announced

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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.

FCHMD Case Spotlighted in News Media

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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. 

New Filing: Brooks v. Oakland University

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LaShae Brooks, a former student at Oakland University, has filed a federal court action against the university alleging familial status. Ms. Brooks matriculated at the university her first year, and later gave birth to her daughter. Upon returning to continue her education, she inquired as to campus housing and was informed that families were not allowed any longer.

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