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Fair Housing

What is Fair Housing?
Fair Housing Laws
Protected Classes
           * federal
           * State
Reasonable Accommodation
Service Animals
Housing discrimination examples
What to do if you are a victim of housing discrimination.
Michigan Fair Housing Center guide 

GCCARD presents the Fair Housing program to educate the residents of Genesee County of their rights and the laws that protect them.

What is Fair Housing?
 Fair housing is the right to choose housing free from unlawful discrimination.  Federal, state and local fair housing laws protect people from discrimination in housing transactions such as rentals, sales, lending, and insurance.
Fair Housing Laws
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits housing providers and others from making housing unavailable to persons or imposing different terms of conditions.
Protected Classes
In United States federal anti-discrimination law, a protected class is a characteristic of a person which cannot be targeted for discrimination. Individual states can and do create other protected classes, which are protected under that state's law.
Federal Laws include 7 classes that are  race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status.
Michigan laws also include Age and Marital status.
Reasonable Accommodation
  Fair housing law requires a housing provider to make rational accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services to afford people with a disability equal opportunity to use and enjoy the place they call home.
Service Animals
A "service animal" is any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit od an individual with a disability. The individual may have to submit a request for a reasonable accommodation, should the tenant's landlord have a "no pet" policy because a service animal is not a pet.
Housing Discrimination Examples
Fair Housing Discrimination comes in many forms. Here are some things a discriminatory landlord might say:
"Yes we rent to families with children, but we only have lower level apartments available."
"You have a guide dog? Sorry, we have a no pet policy."
"Do you think you can afford to live in this area?"

What to do if you are a victim of housing discrimination?
Contact GCCARD Fair Housing Program for classes and or consultations:
601 N. Saginaw St. Ste.1B
Flint, MI. 48502
(810) 232-2185