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Fair Housing Council Statement on Hate and Charlottesville” width=8/25/17: Fair Housing Council speaks out about hate at home and elsewhere
The Fair Housing Council mourns the loss of life in Charlottesville and is working to combat hate in Wisconsin. Read our full statement in the Milwaukee Neighborhood News.

“€œCivil7/26/17: MMFHC and Other Civil Rights Organizations Accuse Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource of Housing Discrimination in 30 Metropolitan Areas
Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and 18 other fair housing organizations announce that they have found substantial new evidence in support of allegations that Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource continue to discriminate against communities of color in 30 metropolitan areas throughout the United States. NFHA and its partners have filed an amended administrative complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Together, the organizations allege that Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank National Trust, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Inc. fail to provide required routine maintenance on bank-owned homes in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods, while Deutsche/Ocwen/Altisource consistently provide routine maintenance on similar bank-owned homes in white neighborhoods. Read the full press release.

“€œCivil7/26/17: MMFHC and Other Civil Rights Organizations File an Amended Complaint Against Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource
The National Fair Housing Alliance, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and 18 other fair housing organizations have filed an amended administrative complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read the full complaint.

“€œSummer6/19/17: Free training seminars for rental housing providers!
We are holding free trainings for owners and managers of rental housing this summer in Wauwatosa, Shorewood and Madison. Call your local Fair Housing Council office to register.

“€œMortgage6/15/17: Mortgage rescue scammer held accountable
Mortgage rescue scams continue to prey on homeowners in distress. But as this press release shows, they can be held accountable. Call the Fair Housing Council if you have concerns about a possible scam.

“€œWilliam6/11/17: A Statement from Fair Housing Council President and CEO William R. Tisdale at the Milwaukee Rally for Unity and Pride
The Fair Housing Council President and CEO, William R. Tisdale, spoke at the Milwaukee Rally for Unity and Pride on four ways we can expand housing rights for LGBT people.

Fair Housing Council President and CEO William R. Tisdale weighs in on possible HUD budget cuts width=3/9/17: A Statement from Fair Housing Council President and CEO William R. Tisdale on possible $6 billion budget cut to HUD
Yesterday, news broke that the current administration is considering a $6 billion budget cut to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Such a cut would be unconscionable and must not happen.

Fair housing champion Kathy Groat dies” width=2/22/17: Obituary for fair housing advocate Kathy Groat
The Board and staff of the Fair Housing Council mourn the death and celebrate the life of Kathy Groat, a consummate public servant and community leader. For many years, Kathy was a highly successful fair housing advocate in the Fox Valley and beyond, opening the doors of equal housing opportunity for thousands. Over her long and wide-ranging career, she brought deep personal integrity, care and kindness to everything she did, and she will be missed. We extend our condolences to all who knew and loved her.

Fair Housing Council files lawsuit against Fannie Mae width=2/2/17: Press Release - The Fair Housing Council resolves housing discrimination complaint against Waukesha County
The Fair Housing Council has settled a federal housing discrimination complaint against Waukesha County. The complaint, originally filed in 2011, alleged that the County engaged in illegal housing discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin, and that the County violated a HUD mandate to affirmatively further fair housing. Read a press release that describes the conciliation agreement, including the activities the County will undertake to ensure expanded housing choice and equal housing opportunity.

Fair Housing Council files lawsuit against Fannie Mae width=12/5/16: Press Release - The Fair Housing Council files a federal lawsuit against mortgage giant Fannie Mae
The Fair Housing Council has joined 20 other civil rights organizations to file a federal lawsuit against Fannie Mae, alleging that Fannie Mae has failed to maintain its foreclosed homes in middle-class and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods at the same level of quality it does for foreclosures in similar white neighborhoods. Read a press release that describes the lawsuit.

Fair Housing Council lawsuit against Fannie Mae width=12/5/16: Complaint Document - The Fair Housing Council files a federal lawsuit against mortgage giant Fannie Mae
Read the complaint filed in federal court against Fannie Mae by 21 civil rights organizations.

Fair Housing Council files lawsuit against Fannie Mae width=12/5/16: PowerPoint Presentation - The Fair Housing Council files a federal lawsuit against mortgage giant Fannie Mae
View a PowerPoint presentation outlining examples of evidence in the Fair Housing Council's lawsuit against mortgage giant Fannie Mae.

Complaint Analyst Job Posting width=10/24/16: Employment Opportunity - Complaint Analyst
The Fair Housing Council is seeking a full-time Complaint Analyst based in our Milwaukee office. Deadline for applications is November 14. For more information, see the full job posting.

Service Animal Complaint Settles width=10/18/16: Federal Housing Discrimination Complaint Settles
The Fair Housing Council has settled a federal housing discrimination complaint that alleged a housing provider had violated the federal Fair Housing Act by failing to make reasonable accommodations for prospective tenants with disabilities who used assistance animals.

October trainings for rental housing providers width=9/20/16: Fair Housing Council Offers Free Fair Housing Training
This October, the Fair Housing Council is offering three free fair housing training seminars for owners and managers of rental property in metropolitan Milwaukee. They will take place in Sussex, Wauwatosa and Cudahy. For more information, see our flyer!

Familial Status Complaints Settle for $4500 width=9/13/16: Pewaukee Familial Status Case Settles for $4500
With help from the Fair Housing Council, two Pewaukee residents have settled housing discrimination complaints against their housing providers. The complaints alleged that the housing providers discriminated against households with children by prohibiting them from residing in upper apartments, in violation of fair housing laws.

Fair Housing Organizations Amend Bank of America Complaint8/31/16: Press Release - MMFHC and other fair housing groups amend complaint against Bank of America
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, the National Fair Housing Alliance and other fair housing groups have amended a federal housing discrimination complaint against Bank of America, alleging that Bank of America fails to maintain foreclosed homes in African American and Latino neighborhoods. The amended complaint adds additional evidence, and includes 6 new cities. Read the full press release for more detail!

National Fair Housing Alliance Report8/30/16: Investing in Inclusive Communities, a report from the National Fair Housing Alliance
In 2013, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 12 other fair housing organizations settled a federal housing discrimination complaint with Wells Fargo regarding the maintenance and marketing of foreclosed homes. Wells Fargo agreed to provide $27 million in 19 cities, including Milwaukee, to help promote homeownership, neighborhood stabilization, property rehabilitation and other programs within neighborhoods most affected by the foreclosure crisis. This week, NFHA released a comprehensive report on how those funds have helped create positive change. Inspiring reading!

Fair Housing Council President and CEO writes an opinion piece of segregation8/17/16: Op-Ed - On Milwaukee, segregation and pain made visible
In a piece for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, the Fair Housing Council's President and CEO, William R. Tisdale, writes about the creation of racial segregation in metropolitan Milwaukee in the context of recent events in the Sherman Park neighborhood.

Fair Housing Council Job Posting for Madison Office width=7/7/16: Fair Housing Council Job Posting for Dane County Office
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) is seeking a Program Services Coordinator to provide an array of fair housing services to persons residing in Dane County through its satellite office in Madison, Wisconsin. The Program Services Coordinator will staff a full-time position (40 hours per week), and will be primarily responsible for the implementation of fair housing outreach and education services in Dane County. Deadline to apply is July 29, 2016.

Fair Housing Council Removes Funds from North Carolina Bank width=5/17/16: Fair Housing Council Removes Funds from North Carolina Bank
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council has unanimously agreed to withdraw its funds from First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, which is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. This decision was made in protest of the North Carolina House Bill 2.

A Year End Message from the Council width=12/22/15: What Home Means to All of Us: A Year-End Message from the Fair Housing Council
Anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, racist and Islamophobic actions have no place in our communities, especially when they infringe on the legal rights of all people to live free from discrimination. We're all part of the human family, and no matter how different we may be, we all share one of the same needs: a home that is safe. A home that is a refuge from the difficulties of the outside world. A home that nurtures us and gives us a launching pad from which to participate in all the opportunities that this great nation offers.

Disability Case Settles width=10/12/15: Homeseeker Settles Disability-Based Discrimination Complaint for $7,500
Tunisha Perkins was denied the opportunity to rent a home because she had a disability. With assistance from the Fair Housing Council, she pursued a housing discrimination complaint and prevailed.

MMFHC Applauds New HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing width=7/9/15: MMFHC Applauds New HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Today, the Fair Housing Council commends the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for issuing new guidance on dismantling residential segregation. Racial and economic segregation remain stark and deeply harmful throughout Wisconsin. Metropolitan Milwaukee is the most racially segregated urban area in the nation, and that segregation was not created by accident, says William R. Tisdale, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council. He notes that "segregation is not just a vestige of our past. It is buttressed and re-created in the present by inadequate public policies and systemic forms of unlawful housing discrimination. We hope that, with this new guidance from HUD, more jurisdictions will act on their obligations to promote integration. We look forward to working with local policymakers to ensure that all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, family status or disability, have great housing choices in healthy neighborhoods."

MMFHC Files HUD Complaint Against Fannie Mae width=5/13/15: MMFHC Files HUD Complaint Against Fannie Mae
Today, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 18 other local fair housing organizations announced the filing with HUD of a housing discrimination complaint against Fannie Mae, one of the largest owners of foreclosed homes in the United States. The civil rights groups allege that Fannie Mae maintains and markets its foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or REO properties) in White neighborhoods consistently better than in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods, a practice that violates the federal Fair Housing Act. The complaint is the result of a five-year investigation.

Fannie Mae Presentation & Photos width=5/13/15: Fannie Mae Investigation Presentation & Photos
View the Fannie Mae Investigation Presentation and Photos

Fair Housing Month Activities April 2015 width=3/25/15: April is National Fair Housing Month!
The Fair Housing Council will be marking April, National Fair Housing Month, with a variety of special events and outreach activities. Click to learn more!

Fair Housing Council's 2015 Annual Report width=2015 Annual Report
Read about the Fair Housing Council's activities and accomplishments in 2015.

the Wisconsin Fair Housing Network Conference April 2015 width=3/17/15: Register for the 2015 Wisconsin Fair Housing Network Conference
Join us for the 2015 Wisconsin Fair Housing Network Conference, to be held April 23 and 24 in Madison. Workshop topics include the past, present and future of Wisconsin's Open Housing Law; the impact of housing segregation; fair housing rights for persons with disabilities, including information about service and assistance animals; and updates on recent fair housing cases. Register today!

Annual Report 2014 width=2014 Annual Report
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council's recent activities are described its 2014 Annual Report. Learn about the accomplishments of our Enforcement Program, Outreach and Education Program, Fair Lending Program, and Inclusive Communities Program.

Study of Milwaukee County security deposit program1/26/15: Report on Milwaukee County Security Deposit Program Issued
The Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) has released a new report analyzing an innovative effort in Milwaukee County, and whether it improves the socioeconomic mobility of households participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The report was developed through a collaboration between PRRAC, Loyola University Chicago, and the Fair Housing Council.

William R. Tisdale's statement on disparate impact and U.S. Supreme Court width=1/23/15: Fair Housing Council President and CEO William R. Tisdale Statement on "Disparate Impact" and Fair Housing Enforcement
William R. Tisdale has issued a statement on the fair housing case currently under consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case involves the concept of 'disparate impact' - the idea that housing policies may be facially neutral but have a discriminatory effect in practice.

Fair Housing Council featured in article12/31/14: The Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service takes a look at segregation in metropolitan Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service analyzes segregation in Milwaukee and the Fair Housing Council's President and CEO, William R. Tisdale, weighs in.

Madison Job Announcement width=10/14/14: Job Announcement - Program Services Coordinator Sought for Madison Office
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council is seeking a full-time Program Services Coordinator in its Dane County satellite office, the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison. Application materials are due by November 4, 2014.

Fair Housing Council featured in HUD newsletter7/28/14: Fair Housing Council's Enforcement Work Featured in HUD Newsletter
The Fair Housing Council's expertise in enforcement work, and testing investigations in particular, was featured in a recent HUD newsletter.

Awards at the Wisconsin Fair Housing Network Conference April 2014 width=4/28/14: Wisconsinites Honored with Fair Housing Awards
At last week's Wisconsin Fair Housing Network event, Retired General Robert Cocroft, Appleton Diversity Coordinator Kathy Flores and past chair of the Wisconsin Fair Housing Network Jean Lamers received awards in recognition of their commitment to equal housing opportunity and inclusive communities. Adolph "Pappy" Arms, Karen Avery and Rev. Dr. James G. White also received posthumous recognition in honor of their fair housing activism. Learn more about these inspiring individuals in the attached press release from the Network.

Support fair housing with a jewelry fundraiser4/21/14: One-Week Jewelry Fundraiser to Support Fair Housing Education and Outreach
Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, or a gift for a new graduate? Or just looking to treat yourself to a new spring accessory? Look no further! You can take care of your shopping and support fair housing at the same time. This week only, when you buy one of the Council's 3 'signature pieces' from chloe + isabel, a full 30% of your purchase price will be donated to our statewide outreach and education program. To join in our fundraising efforts, please shop at the attached link and click on the Fair Housing Council boutique picture. Don't wait - this fundraiser ends April 27.

Free Trainings for Rental Property Managers and Owners in April 2014 width=3/28/14: Free Fair Housing Training Seminars for Owners and Managers of Rental Property in April
April is National Fair Housing Month, and the Fair Housing Council is offering free training seminars for members of the rental housing industry. Seminars will take place in Madison (April 24), Green Bay (April 22), Neenah (April 30) and Franklin (April 28). Click on the attached flyer for details!

Wisconsin Fair Housing Network 2014 Awards Nomination Packet width=3/13/14: Nominate individuals and organizations for the Wisconsin Fair Housing Network's 2014 Annual Awards!
The Wisconsin Fair Housing Network is accepting nominations in multiple award categories for individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in furthering fair housing. Nominations are due March 21, 2014. Awards will be presented at the Network's Annual Fair Housing Update and Awards Luncheon on April 25, 2014.

Wisconsin Fair Housing Network Luncheon 2014 Registration width=3/5/14: Register now for the Wisconsin Fair Housing Network's 2014 Annual Fair Housing Update and Awards Luncheon on April 25, 2014
The Wisconsin Fair Housing Network will hold its annual event on April 25, 2014, at the Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Waukesha. Kori Schneider Peragine, Senior Administrator of MMFHC's Inclusive Communities Program, will moderate a panel called "Affordable Housing in High-Opportunity Communities: Potential and Pitfalls." Register today!

Annual Report 2013 width=2013 Annual Report
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council's recent activities are described its 2013 Annual Report. Learn about the accomplishments of our Enforcement Program, Outreach and Education Program, Fair Lending Program, Inclusive Communities Program and the new Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods initiative.

BizTimes: Layton Boulevard West Undergoes TransformationBizTimes 1/31/14: Matching grants transform Layton Boulevard West homes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council's new Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods program has already yielded results in Layton Boulevard West.

Madison job announcement width=12/16/13: Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison Job Announcement
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council is seeking a full-time Program Services Coordinator in its Dane County satellite office, the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison.

JS Online: Partnerships get $400,000 to reinvest in Milwaukee neighborhoodsJS Online 11/2/13: Partnerships get $400,000 to reinvest in Milwaukee neighborhoods
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council has launched a new effort to reinvest in city neighborhoods hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. With money from the settlement of a federal fair-housing complaint involving Wells Fargo Bank, the council's new Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods program has awarded a combined $400,000 to three partnerships working in the city.

Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods Press Release width=11/1/13: Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods: Fair Housing Council Awards Funds to Stabilize Milwaukee Neighborhoods
Today the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council announces the beginning of Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods, an effort to reinvest in Milwaukee neighborhoods and counteract the devastating damage resulting from the foreclosure crisis and its aftermath.

MMFHC Joins Housing Discrimination Complaint Against U.S. Bank width=10/15/2013: MMFHC Joins Housing Discrimination Complaint Against U.S. Bank
Chicago, Illinois – The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and five additional NFHA member agencies announced amendments to a federal housing discrimination complaint against U.S. Bank National Association. The civil rights groups allege that U.S. Bank continues to maintain and market foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Today, Milwaukee, Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, and Memphis were added to the complaint, and new evidence was added in Metropolitan Chicago and Baltimore.

10/15/2013: U.S. Bank News Conference Presentation width=10/15/2013: U.S. Bank News Conference Presentation
View the U.S. Bank News Conference Presentation.

U.S. Bank Complaint width=10/15/2013: U.S. Bank Complaint
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF FAIR HOUSING & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY – View the full U.S. Bank complaint.

Remembering Clifford Schrupp width=September 2013: Remembering Clifford Schrupp, founding director of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
The fair housing movement lost a pioneer and a visionary when Clifford Schrupp, the founding director of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit, died of cancer on September 11.

FDL Announcement width=August 2013: Fair Housing Council Expands Primary Service Area to Include City of Fond du Lac
The Fair Housing Council will provide a comprehensive range of fair housing services to residents, housing providers, and other stakeholders in the City of Fond du Lac.

JS Online: Settlement with Wells Fargo will help homeownersJS Online 6/6/13: Fair Housing Advocates Announce 27 Million Dollar Settlement with Wells Fargo
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The National Fair Housing Alliance and 13 of its affiliates, including the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, announced on Thursday an agreement on a federal housing discrimination complaint filed in April 2012 against Wells Fargo bank.

Fair Housing Council Announces Agreement with Wells Fargo width=Press Release, 6/6/13: Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, National Fair Housing Alliance, and Wells Fargo Announce Collaboration To Rebuild Homeownership Opportunities in Milwaukee and 18 Other Cities
Today the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, the National Fair Housing Alliance and 12 other fair housing organizations announced a collaboration with Wells Fargo Bank that will provide funds in Milwaukee and 18 other cities to foster homeownership, assist with rebuilding neighborhoods of color impacted by the foreclosure crisis, and promote diverse, inclusive communities.

Annual Report 2012 width=2012 Annual Report
Read about the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council's recent activities in its 2012 Annual Report.

January 2013: Regional Cooperation Improves Housing Accessibility width=January 2013: Regional Cooperation Improves Housing Accessibility
Settlement affects 395 units in three states.

January 2013: Race Discrimination Complaint Settles for $6,000 width=January 2013: Race Discrimination Complaint Settles for $6,000
Maryam Bradford, an African American woman, has settled a housing discrimination complaint against Rong Di Chen, the owner of an apartment building at 1645 West Bolivar Avenue in Milwaukee.

LaCrosse Race Discrimination Case Settles width=December 2012: LaCrosse Race Discrimination Case Settles
Marcus and Brenda Young, an African American couple, have successfully settled a race discrimination complaint against Victoria Gerrard, the owner of Geneva Terrace Apartments.

Discrimination Complaint Settles: Marquette County Landlord Pays $3,900 width=November 2012: Discrimination Complaint Settles: Marquette County Landlord Pays $3,900
April Dreikosen, a single parent, has settled a housing discrimination complaint against Robert Brown.

MMFHC resolves accessibility complaint width=11/21/2012: MMFHC Resolves Accessibility Complaint
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – In October 2012, MMFHC successfully settled a housing accessibility complaint against Halfway Creek Apartments in Holmen, Wisconsin, and its architect, Thomas B. Lyons.

Press Release: Green Bay Race Discrimination Lawsuit Settles width=10/24/2012: Press Release: Green Bay Race Discrimination Lawsuit Settles
Green Bay, Wisconsin – Barbara Robinson and Shelia Walker have settled a federal lawsuit alleging illegal housing discrimination against Ken McCoy, the owner of multiple rental homes as well as a motorcycle dealership in Green Bay.

Fair Housing Organizations Find Bank of America Discriminates in Midwest width=10/23/2012: Fair Housing Organizations Find Bank of America Discriminates in Midwest
Chicago, Illinois – The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the HOPE Fair Housing Center, the South Suburban Housing Center, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana announced a federal housing discrimination complaint against Bank of America Corporation, Bank of America, N.A., and BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP. This complaint is the result of an undercover investigation of Bank of America that found the financial giant maintains and markets foreclosed homes in White neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

10/23/2012: Bank of America News Conference Presentation width=10/23/2012: Bank of America News Conference Presentation
View the Bank of America News Conference Presentation.

Bank of America Complaint width=10/23/2012: Bank of America Complaint
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF FAIR HOUSING & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY – View the full Bank of America complaint.

Mother of Newborn Experiences Discrimination; Prevails in Fair Housing Complaint width=8/29/2012: Mother of Newborn Experiences Discrimination; Prevails in Fair Housing Complaint
Green Bay, Wisconsin – Scharlene Laster has achieved a settlement in a fair housing complaint against Marant Apartments.

Sisters Settle Familial Status Complaint Against Apartment Complex width=8/29/2012: Sisters Settle Familial Status Complaint Against Apartment Complex
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin – Sisters Ashley and Nicole Zimpher have successfully resolved fair housing complaints against apartment owners Grand Street Enterprises.

Mother of Foster Children Settles Complaint Against Apartment Complex width=8/29/2012: Mother of Foster Children Settles Complaint Against Apartment Complex
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Bonnie Perry has successfully resolved a fair housing complaint against Tanya Ball and TLB Holdings.

download annual report 2011Annual Report 2011
The Fair Housing Council's annual report. As you review this report, you will see that the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) accomplished a great deal in 2011. As a result of MMFHC’s work, thousands of Wisconsin residents have been assisted with fair housing and fair lending, complaint intake and case management, education and outreach, training and technical assistance, and much, much more.

Older Americans Hit Hard by Foreclosures7/20/2012: Older Americans Hit Hard by Foreclosures
A new study by AARP finds that older Americans have been hit hard by foreclosure.

Senior Citizen with Disability Prevails in Complaint Against Apartment Complex width=2/24/2012: Senior Citizen with Disability Prevails in Complaint Against Apartment Complex
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Richard Budelman has successfully resolved a fair housing complaint against Franklin Arms Apartments, which is owned by Ogden and Company and managed by Amy Rybach.

JS Online: Settlement acknowledges harm to homeownersJS Online 2/15/2012: Settlement acknowledges harm to homeowners
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – A big splash of announcements last week heralded a $25 billion national settlement to address damages to homeowners due to document fabrication and forgery (a.k.a. "robo-signing") and other mortgage servicing abuses.

JS Online: Council promotes inclusive housingJS Online 2/8/2012: Council promotes inclusive housing
Waukesha, Wisconsin – With comments at a public hearing about equally split for and against a west side rental project targeting workers with below-average incomes, the Common Council voted 9-5 Tuesday to rezone 9.5 acres for 70 apartments and a 36-unit facility for patients with dementia.

40 Years of Change: Bill Tisdale participates in Community Shares video10/6/2011: 40 Years of Change
Fair Housing Council President & CEO, Bill Tisdale, participates in a Community Shares video describing the past 40 years of change in social and economic equality.

download newsletter summer 2011Newsletter Summer 2011
The Fair Housing Council's quarterly newsletter providing rich content on your rights and the laws that protect them.
keywords: UW-Milwaukee, UWM, dorm, accessible, mortgage, scam, Judith Volovsek, Judie Papadakis, Waukesha, discrimintation, HUD, ACLU, Slack Ulrich, retired, Kori Schneider Peragine, Forty Under 40, HUD Grant, FHIP, William R. Tisdale, Bill Tisdale, WSAC, civil rights

download annual report 2010Annual Report 2010
The Fair Housing Council's annual report. As you review this report, you will see that the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) accomplished a great deal in 2010. As a result of MMFHC’s work, thousands of Wisconsin residents have been assisted with fair housing and fair lending, complaint intake and case management, education and outreach, training and technical assistance, and much, much more.

JS Online: Mostly white on purposeJS Online 3/26/2011: Mostly white on purpose
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The document is riddled with bureaucratese. But put into clear English, here's what a discrimination complaint filed recently against Waukesha County says: Waukesha County and its cities, towns and villages are overwhelmingly white – on purpose.

JS Online: A regional challengeJS Online 3/25/2011: A regional challenge
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Discrimination charges leveled against Waukesha County need to be taken seriously – but they are indicative of a larger problem that demands to be addressed by the region.

download press release: Mortgage Rescue Scams Resolved: Fair Housing Council Helps Borrowers width=Press Release 3/21/2011: Mortgage Rescue Scams Resolved: Fair Housing Council Helps Borrowers
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Like millions of Americans, Judith Volovsek and Judie Papadakis faced problems making mortgage payments and feared losing their homes. They sought the help of companies that advertised easy and effective ways to help them. Unfortunately, these companies were mortgage rescue scam operations, which took their money, but took no action to help them.

download press release: Fair Housing Council Files Discrimination Complaint Against Waukesha County width=Press Release 3/16/2011: Fair Housing Council Files Discrimination Complaint Against Waukesha County
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) has filed a complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleging that Waukesha County has engaged in illegal housing discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin, and that the County has violated HUD’s mandate to affirmatively further fair housing.

download article: HUD Complaint, 3/15/11: Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council v. Waukesha County, WisconsinHUD Complaint, 3/15/11: Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council v. Waukesha County, WI
Full Housing Discrimination Complaint against Waukesha County, WI, submitted March 15, 2011.

download article: Collaboration makes UW – Milwaukee dorm more accessibleCollaboration makes UW – Milwaukee dorm more accessible
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) has successfully collaborated with the City of Milwaukee to improve housing accessibility for persons with disabilities.

download press release: Fair Housing Council Staffer Receives “Forty Under 40” Award for LeadershipPress Release 1/31/2011: Fair Housing Council Staffer Receives “Forty Under 40"
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Kori Schneider Peragine has been recognized as one of the Business Journal “Forty Under 40,” a prestigious award bestowed upon up-and-coming community leaders in metropolitan Milwaukee. Despite her youth, Schneider Peragine has been a longtime leader on housing justice issues in our region.

download press release: Local Fair Housing Council Leader Appointed to State Advisory Committee of US Commission on Civil RightsPress Release 1/27/2011: Local Fair Housing Council Leader Appointed to State Advisory Committee of US Commission on Civil Rights
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – William R. Tisdale, head of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) for nearly 30 years, has been appointed a member of the Wisconsin State Advisory Committee (WSAC) to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

JS Online: Milwaukee tops segregation studyJS Online 12/14/2010: Milwaukee area tops Brookings segregation study of census data
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Burdened by history and shaped by demography, Milwaukee remains one of the most racially segregated large metropolitan areas in the nation, according to U.S. census data released Tuesday and analyzed by the Brookings Institution.

download press release: GAO HUD ReleasePress Release 10/18/2010: GAO finds HUD, Local Governments, need to do a better job to affirmatively futher fair housing
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Friday the U.S. Government Accountability Office released its report on Housing and Community Grants. The GAO found – and put as the main conclusion on the title page of the report – that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Needs to Enhance Its Requirements and Oversight of Jurisdictions' Fair Housing Plans.”

download press release: HUD Release KuiperPress Release 10/21/2010: HUD Issues Charge Against Owner and Managers of Outagamie County Duplex Apartment
Washington – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it has charged Sharlene and Jerald Kuiper, managers of a three-bedroom duplex apartment in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, and the owner of the apartment, Kuiper Family Trust, with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to show an available apartment to a family with children.

download newsletter summer 2010Newsletter Summer 2010
The Fair Housing Council's quarterly newsletter providing rich content on your rights and the laws that protect them.
keywords: Becker, Lexington Green, children, LaKisha Jackson, race discrimination, landlord, Appleton, Evers, Slinger, Verrada Development, David Cull, Steve Sharpe, community planning, condo, Dane county, ordinance, Wertheim, intern, federal grant, staff, contact

download annual report 2009Annual Report 2009
The Fair Housing Council's annual report. As you review this report, you will see that the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) accomplished a great deal in 2009. As a result of MMFHC’s work, thousands of Wisconsin residents have been assisted with fair housing and fair lending
complaint intake and case management, education and outreach, training and technical assistance, and much, much more.

download press release: Appleton Race Discrimination Complaint SettlesPress Release 01/22/10: Appleton Race Discrimination Complaint Settles
Madison, Wisconsin – Appleton, Wisconsin - Lakisha Jackson, an African American resident of Appleton, has settled a race-based housing discrimination complaint against Alice and David Evers and their business, Evers Rentals, of Combined Locks, Wisconsin. The Evers, who own 24 three-bedroom duplexes in the Appleton area, will pay Jackson $22,500 to settle the complaint.

download press release: Madison Family Status Complaint SettlesPress Release 01/12/10: Madison Family Status Complaint Settles
Madison, Wisconsin – The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council has prevailed in a fair housing complaint against Madison landlords Gordon, Elizabeth and Bruce Becker, the owners and managers of the Lexington Green apartment complex on Heritage Circle. The Beckers compensated MMFHC $4710 for costs incurred while investigating discrimination against families with children, and paid MMFHC’s attorney’s fees.

download annual report 2008Annual Report 2008
The Fair Housing Council's annual report. As you review this report, you will see that the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) accomplished a great deal in 2008. As a result of MMFHC’s work, thousands of Wisconsin residents have been assisted with fair housing and fair lending
complaint intake and case management, education and outreach, training and technical assistance, and much, much more.

download press release: Kanita BrawleyNewsletter "Fair Housing Keys": Summer 2009
The Fair Housing Council's quarterly newsletter providing rich content on your rights and the laws that protect them.
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download press release: Kanita BrawleyPress Release 12/18/08: Kanita Brawley Settlement
West Allis, Wisconsin – Kanita Brawley has settled a housing discrimination complaint against the Joseph Peltz Trusts and Crystal Sahr, the owners and manager of rental housing in West Allis. Brawley alleged that co-trustees of the Peltz Trusts and their property manager, Crystal Sahr, hadillegally denied her the opportunity to rent an apartment based on the presence of children in her household.

download press release: Steiner and AssociatesPress Release 04/30/08: Steiner + Associates
The Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and National Fair Housing Alliance today filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against
Steiner + Associates, a national developer of town centers that contain retail, residential and office spaces.

download press release: Tisdale wins awardPress Release 03/18/08: Tisdale Wins NCRA Award
Milwaukee, WI – William R. Tisdale, head of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) for over 25 years, has been awarded the National Community Reinvestment Award in recognition of his local, regional and national leadership on fair housing.

download press release: Silkey Doss SettlementPress Release 03/10/08: Silkey/Doss Settlement
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – A settlement was reached at the end of February in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit that alleged homeowner Edith Halvorsen, her real estate broker, Phyllis Hasenstab, and Hasenstab’s employer, RE/MAX Realty 100, had illegally denied Tami Doss, who is African-American, the opportunity buy Halvorsen’s home.

download press release: Donna RichPress Release 11/28/06: Donna Rich Settlement
Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Donna Rich, a white woman with three biracial children, has reached a settlement of a housing discrimination complaint against Oshkosh landlords Arlene Redmann and Orley Nelson.

download press release: Silkey Doss LawsuitPress Release 11/07/06: Silkey/Doss Lawsuit
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The U.S. Department of Justice filed a racial discrimination lawsuit late last week against homeowner Edith Halvorsen, her real estate broker, Phyllis Hasenstab, and Hasenstab’s employer, RE/MAX Realty 100. The suit is brought on behalf of Tami Doss, an African-American woman who was a potential buyer for Halvorsen’s home, and Doss’s real estate agent, Margaret Silkey.

download press release: Mary MarshPress Release 10/11/05: Mary Marsh Settlement
Mary Marsh, an African American Deforest resident, has successfully settled a race discrimination complaint against Lee W. Merrick, a Dane County landlord. Marsh’s complaint,
filed with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in March of this year, settled for $80,000.

download press release: James KrahnPress Release 06/05: James Krahn
West Allis, Wisconsin – The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) and three individual African American testers have settled a lawsuit against the owner and managers of an apartment building at 11208 West National Avenue in West Allis.

download press release: Darci FrederickPress Release 04/28/04: Darci Frederick Settlement
Apartment owner Cecilia Pope of Fort Atkinson has paid $15,650 to settle a fair housing complaint filed by Darci Frederick with the US Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD). Frederick alleged that Pope violated the Federal Fair Housing Act by evicting Frederick and her 2-month-old child on the basis of familial status.

download press release: Simret AbrahaPress Release 04/22/04: Simret Abraha Settlement
Simret Abraha, an African American student at the University of Wisconsin, has successfully settled a race discrimination complaint against apartment owner William Titley. While the exact monetary terms of the settlement are confidential, Abraha calls the settlement “very satisfactory.”

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