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10th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast Brings John P. Relman to Ann Arbor

October 16, 2023 | Categories: About the FHC, Events, Fair Housing Breakfast, Fair Housing Law, Litigation

Mark Mithskun Board of Directors Award Honoree Named

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Weber’s Boutique Hotel in Ann Arbor and virtually. This highly anticipated event serves as a platform to raise awareness about fair housing law and celebrates the individuals and organizations dedicated to ensuring equal housing opportunities. 

A highlight of this year’s event is our esteemed guest speaker, John P. Relman, a leading figure in fair housing law and litigation. A renowned civil rights attorney, John is the founder of Relman Colfax PLLC, a national firm recognized for its cutting-edge use of the Fair Housing Act to combat systemic discrimination and segregation. His more than 30 years of experience and deep understanding of fair housing issues make him an expert in housing equity. 

“The Fair Housing Center is thrilled to be hosting our 10th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast and to welcome back John as our guest speaker,” said Pam Kisch, Director of the Fair Housing Center. “This event brings the latest cases and trends to the attention of the housing community. We are honored to bring together a diverse group of individuals who are eager to do the right thing.”

Each year we honor one person for outstanding work that furthers the mission of the Fair Housing Center. We are pleased to announce the recipient of the FHC Mark Mitshkun Board of Directors Award, Courtney Atsalakis. Ms. Atsalakis founded the Amber Reineck House – a home for women with substance use issues in Howell, Michigan, named for her sister who died of a fentanyl overdose. When the City of Howell tried to stop her from opening the house,  Ms. Atsalakis was tireless in her commitment to working with the Fair Housing Center and Cooperating Attorneys at Relman & Colfax (Lila Miller, Glenn Schlactus, Sara Pratt, and Nick Abbott, with paralegal assistance from Charlotte Saltzman), Dane Law, LLC (Stephen Dane), and Pitt McGhee Palmer Bonanni & Rivers PC (Robin Wagner).

It took four years but the City changed its policies and the lawsuit, Amber Reineck House v City of Howell settled earlier this year for $750,000. The Board of Directors award is named after Mark Mitshkun who served on the FHC Board of Directors for over 20 years and sadly lost his life to cancer. 

The Fair Housing Breakfast has become a cornerstone event for housing advocates, community leaders, lenders, Realtors, rental housing agents, and government officials in the region. With its 10th edition, the event promises to bring together a broad range of those committed to staying up-to-date on best practices in fair housing. 

The Breakfast will feature the presentation of the Directors Award, Mr. Relman’s keynote address, a breakfast buffet, and networking opportunities. 

Funds raised from the Fair Housing Breakfast go directly to ending housing discrimination and expanding housing opportunities, making our communities more open, accessible, and inclusive.

Tickets for the 10th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast are available now. For more information about the event, or the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, please visit www.fhcmichigan.org/fhbreakfast.

We are grateful for our many partners in this event. Thank you especially to our Silver Sponsors: Community Financial Credit Union, McKinley Companies, Old National Bank, and the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

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The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, founded in 1992, actively protects the civil rights of those who are discriminated against in the rental, sale, or financing of housing through investigation, education, advocacy, and legal action. The FHC takes over 200 complaints each year from its 10-county service area – Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties.

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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