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Housing Advocates Training

Housing Advocates Training (HAT) is a two-day training designed to help social service professionals/advocates gain a working knowledge of fair housing law, landlord/tenant law, and housing subsidy programs. 

Trainers include staff and attorneys from the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, the Michigan Poverty Law Program, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Please bring your questions and cases*, discussion is welcome. Registration is required.

Topics covered include:

Public Benefits Training (PBT)

PBT is an optional 2-hour training offered in conjunction with HAT that focuses on the Department of Human Services’ most popular programs, including cash assistance, food assistance, state disability assistance, and Medicaid. There is also a brief overview of Social Security programs, including SSI, RSDI, and Medicare. The session includes explanations of these programs, including covered services and eligibility requirements, as well as advocacy strategies.


Housing Advocates Training PLUS (HAT+) is a deeper dive into practical fair housing and landlord/tenant advocacy, as well as current and historical housing policy issues that impact the people we serve. Designed for those who have participated in the original Housing Advocates Training within the past three years, HAT+ attendees will work through realistic advocacy scenarios, hear from local, state, and federal housing experts, and have the opportunity to “troubleshoot” real-world client and agency challenges. Trainers may include representatives from the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Michigan Poverty Law Program, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.

March 14 2023

Housing Advocates Training

10:00 | Virtual Event

HAT & PBT: March 14, 2023, 10-3:30 and March 21, 2023, 10-3:30. To register click on “learn more.”