Fair Housing Information

Equal Housing Opportunity Clause:Equal Housing Opportunity
 
"We are pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation.  We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin."
 
What is the Fair Housing Act?
 
The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that prohibits discrimination and the intimidation of people in their homes. It covers virtually all housing in the United States and housing transactions, including the sale of housing and the provision of mortgage loans.
 
What is the Purpose of the Fair Housing Act?
 
Under the Federal Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, it is illegal to deny housing to any person because of race, color, religion, gender, physical or mental disabilities or national origin; and,
 
Under the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, PA 453 of 1976, as amended, it is illegal to deny the opportunity to obtain housing to any person because of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status;
 
What will Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Do?
 
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan will assist all persons who feel they have been discriminated against because of religion, race, color, gender, physical or mental disabilities, national origin, age, height, weight, familial status, or marital status to seek equity under federal and state laws by providing information to said persons on how to file a complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
 
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan also agrees to be accessible to differently-abled individuals and to make reasonable accommodations, as necessary; i.e. providing interpreters, implementing procedures to service persons with impaired vision or hearing (TTY’s), etc. 
 
Who Should be Contacted at Habitat for Humanity of Michigan?
 
It is the policy of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to implement programs to ensure equal opportunity in housing for all persons regardless of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status. 
 
The fair housing contact staff for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan are Sue Ortiz, available by phone at 517-485-1006 x18 or sortiz@habitatmichigan.org, and Angie Hamlett, at 517-485-1006 x15 or ahamlett@habitatmichigan.org
 
This individual is available during normal affiliate business hours and has been appointed by Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to respond to all fair housing issues. This individual understands all state and federal Fair Housing and Non-discrimination laws.