Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council is a private non-profit organization that operates a full-service fair housing program. MMFHC serves Milwaukee, Washington, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Dane, Outagamie, Brown, Winnebago and Calumet Counties, the City of Fond du Lac, and conducts out-of-service-area activities as well.

If you think you may have experienced discrimination in the housing market, please contact us. For a full description of MMFHC programs and services, please visit http://www.fairhousingwisconsin.com/programs.html

Mission: The purpose of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council is to promote fair housing throughout the State of Wisconsin by combating illegal housing discrimination and by creating and maintaining racially and economically integrated housing patterns.

¿Sabía que es ilegal que los proveedores de vivienda discriminen a las familias con niños? Este tipo de discriminación e...
09/04/2020

¿Sabía que es ilegal que los proveedores de vivienda discriminen a las familias con niños? Este tipo de discriminación es habitual, pero a menudo no se entiende bien. Si usted ha sufrido discriminación porque tiene hijos, hay recursos legales a su disposición. Llame al Consejo de Vivienda Justa al 1-877-647-3247, una línea gratuita para reportar quejas. #FairHousing

We must be vigilant about language that trafficks in NIMBY stereotypes: "Some residents of a Sun Prairie neighborhood ar...
09/03/2020
Sun Prairie residents say anonymous flyer traffics in racist, classist language

We must be vigilant about language that trafficks in NIMBY stereotypes: "Some residents of a Sun Prairie neighborhood are criticizing an anonymous flyer that showed up in mailboxes in mid-August warning of 'safety concerns for our neighborhood children' and a 'potential increase in police calls' if a developer builds an apartment complex in their neighborhood. The neighbors say the flyer uses classic dog-whistle language, effectively tying low-income, often more racially diverse renters to higher levels of crime and other problems." #FairHousing

"I wonder who in our neighborhood thinks this way about the potential residents who would move into these proposed apartments," Frank said

Recently, four residents of Wauwatosa received a letter from a group purporting to be called “Whites for Wauwatosa.” The...
09/03/2020

Recently, four residents of Wauwatosa received a letter from a group purporting to be called “Whites for Wauwatosa.” The letter included statements such as “we must keep Wauwatosa free from blacks,” and “we must keep blacks from destroying our property, raping our wives and daughters, and recruiting our children into street gangs.” The letter urged recipients to “keep Wauwatosa white!”

In the strongest possible terms, we condemn the writers of this letter and the hateful, racist message they are sending.

Let us be very, very clear: Black people and other people of color have the right to live anywhere they wish to live, and can afford to pay rent or a mortgage. Our fair housing laws require this. Our innate sense of fairness requires this. Our nation’s great promise - that we all have an equal opportunity to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - requires this.

We call on all people, especially Wauwatosa residents, but also people from across the metropolitan area, to reject this message of hate, and to support the creation of communities that are integrated, diverse, and welcoming. There are many ways to help build inclusive communities – contact the Fair Housing Council for ideas, or to learn about volunteer opportunities!

For those who receive such letters, or who are targeted by hate: please know that we are here for you. The Fair Housing Council is part of a Community Response Network that offers many different types of support to victims of hate incidents. For more information, visit: https://www.fairhousingwisconsin.com/fighting-hate-in-our-communities

Hate and bigotry have been simmering in many guises – including illegal housing discrimination – in our communities for decades. They are making more and more overt appearances now, but as the author adrienne maree brown has written, “Things are not getting worse. They are getting uncovered. We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.”

The Fair Housing Council and its partners are are ready to provide help. And together, we say to hate: No more.

#FairHousing

Housing Choice Partners
08/31/2020

Housing Choice Partners

Tell HUD that #HousingSavesLives and Speak Out to Oppose Its Anti-Transgender Proposal. The administration’s proposed rule change to the Equal Access Rule is an egregious attempt to prevent transgender people from accessing federally funded emergency shelters and services.

NLIHC will be hosting a National Press Call TODAY at 11 am ET to discuss the administration’s discriminatory changes to the Equal Access Rule.

Invited guest speakers include: Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), True Colors United Public Policy and External Affairs Director Dylan Waguespack, National Women’s Law Center Media Manager Gillian Branstetter, and NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

Por desgracia, sabemos que los estadounidenses de origen asiático, los latinos y los inmigrantes se enfrentan a un númer...
08/29/2020

Por desgracia, sabemos que los estadounidenses de origen asiático, los latinos y los inmigrantes se enfrentan a un número creciente de crímenes de odio. Cuando se presenta este odio en una situación relacionada con el hogar, puede violar las leyes de vivienda justa. ¿Tiene preguntas? Llame al Consejo de Vivienda Justa al 1-877-647-3247, una línea gratuita para reportar quejas. #FairHousing

Take a look - the Fair Housing Council has published a new Resource Guide for Responding to Hate. Please share with your...
08/28/2020
Fighting Hate in Our Communities | Fair Housing Council

Take a look - the Fair Housing Council has published a new Resource Guide for Responding to Hate. Please share with your networks! #FairHousing

Hate incidents are behaviors motivated by bias against an individual or group on the basis of Victims of hate incidents may be members, or perceived as members, of these protected classes.These categories are specifically protected in federal hate crimes laws; there may be additional protections und...

March On Milwaukee 50th
08/28/2020

March On Milwaukee 50th

In addition to the March On Washington's anniversary, today marks the 53rd anniversary of the Open Housing Marches' 1st march of 200. It is, as we've held, a world-class story that too many Milwaukeeans still don't know.

Today, we offer educators, teachers and students some tools to make teaching/learning this story easier.

Curriculum resources from our Education Committee: bit.ly/mkemarch

March, On Milwaukee videos: bit.ly/MARCHMKE2020

Check out this op-ed from Fair Housing Justice Center Executive Director Fred Freiburg. Back in 1977, Mr. Freiberg was f...
08/28/2020
Eradicating Visible and Invisible Racism in Housing

Check out this op-ed from Fair Housing Justice Center Executive Director Fred Freiburg. Back in 1977, Mr. Freiberg was founding Executive Director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council. #FairHousing

(photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office) “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” declared Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1963. This racist trope pandered to white voters and could not have been clearer, just as recent remarks by President Donald Trump were to whi...

Su código postal determina el acceso a la educación, empleos y atención médica. El derecho a elegir el vecindario en el ...
08/27/2020

Su código postal determina el acceso a la educación, empleos y atención médica. El derecho a elegir el vecindario en el que vive es importante. Si está preocupado por haber sufrido discriminación al buscar una vivienda, comuníquese con el Consejo de Vivienda Justa llamando al 1-877-647-3247, una línea gratuita para reportar quejas. #FairHousing

Lending discrimination can happen anywhere - cities, suburbs, and rural areas, too. "Between lending discrimination and ...
08/25/2020
'Make Farmers Black Again': African Americans Fight Discrimination To Own Farmland

Lending discrimination can happen anywhere - cities, suburbs, and rural areas, too. "Between lending discrimination and rising costs, many obstacles stand in the way of Black Americans looking to own farmland."

If you've faced discrimination when trying to get a home loan, let us know! Call 1-877-647-3247. #FairHousing #FairLending

There is a growing movement of young farmers led by people of color in the Northeast but barriers to accessing funding and land remain. The family behind Triple J Farm in Windsor, N.Y., knows this.

Today's must-read article describes how "appraisers, who work under codes of ethics but with little regulation and overs...
08/25/2020
Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals

Today's must-read article describes how "appraisers, who work under codes of ethics but with little regulation and oversight, are often all that stands between the accumulation of home equity and the destruction of it for Black Americans." #FairHousing

Companies that value homes for sale or refinancing are bound by law not to discriminate. Black homeowners say it happens anyway.

"Discriminatory housing practices have reinforced systemic racism in America since the Jim Crow era. . . .Illegal housin...
08/25/2020
'We Could be Living in the 1890s': How Housing Discrimination is Still Perpetuated Today

"Discriminatory housing practices have reinforced systemic racism in America since the Jim Crow era. . . .

Illegal housing discrimination still occurs. There were 31,202 reported complaints of housing discrimination in 2018, up 8% from 2017. The National Fair Housing Alliance estimates 4 million instances of housing discrimination occur every year, since most go unreported." #FairHousing

Tweets from President Trump downplayed the importance of the Fair Housing Act and exposed a long shadow of housing discrimination.

En Wisconsin, nuestra ley estatal de vivienda justa prohíbe la discriminación basada en la orientación sexual, y múltipl...
08/24/2020

En Wisconsin, nuestra ley estatal de vivienda justa prohíbe la discriminación basada en la orientación sexual, y múltiples ordenanzas locales de vivienda justa también prohíben la discriminación basada en la identidad y la expresión de género. Si tiene la sensación de haber sufrido algún tipo de discriminación en el mercado de la vivienda, llámenos al 1-877-647-3247. #FairHousing

"Across more than 100 cities, a recent study found, formerly redlined neighborhoods are today 5 degrees hotter in summer...
08/24/2020
How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering

"Across more than 100 cities, a recent study found, formerly redlined neighborhoods are today 5 degrees hotter in summer, on average, than areas once favored for housing loans, with some cities seeing differences as large as 12 degrees. Redlined neighborhoods, which remain lower-income and more likely to have Black or Hispanic residents, consistently have far fewer trees and parks that help cool the air. They also have more paved surfaces, such as asphalt lots or nearby highways, that absorb and radiate heat." #FairHousing

Redlining helped reshape the urban landscape of U.S. cities. It also left communities of color far more vulnerable to rising heat.

The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a "pandemic of domestic abuse." Together, we must fight this multi-laye...
08/22/2020
Domestic violence spikes in pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a "pandemic of domestic abuse." Together, we must fight this multi-layered crisis. Did you know that Wisconsin fair housing law specifically prohibits housing providers from discriminating against victims of domestic violence? If you have questions, or are concerned you're facing discrimination, let us know: 1-877-647-3247. Help is available. #FairHousing

From our news partner Madison Commons: COVID-19 has brought forth a variety of issues for the country to address: access to healthcare, racial equity, and educational opportunity. However, one unforeseen and lesser acknowledged consequence of this virus is the pandemic of domestic abuse which h

Lending discrimination is still part of our housing market. If you're concerned you've faced discrimination when trying ...
08/21/2020
A troubling tale of a Black man trying to refinance his mortgage

Lending discrimination is still part of our housing market. If you're concerned you've faced discrimination when trying to get a home loan, please contact the Fair Housing Council: 1-877-647-3247. #FairHousing #FairLending

Akili Akridge's White girlfriend easily got a mortgage on their home two years ago and he thought it made sense to refinance with rates low. One problem: he identified himself as Black to refinancing lenders.

From Richard Rothstein, on segregation today: "Every community should have a mix of market rate, middle-class, working-c...
08/21/2020
How the U.S. Government Promoted Housing Segregation in U.S. Cities

From Richard Rothstein, on segregation today: "Every community should have a mix of market rate, middle-class, working-class and lower-income families. A pattern of segregation is unhealthy for our democracy. It creates the kind of racial polarization, political polarization that we have in this country today. The political polarization isn't entirely racial, it tracks racial lines, but we wouldn't have that extensive political polarization if so many African Americans and whites didn't live so far from each other that they have no ability to understand each other's life experiences and empathize with each other to create a common national identity.

So, every community should be economically and racially diverse." #FairHousing

Richard Rothstein, author of ‘The Color of Law,’ says it was government policy to keep African Americans out of white, working-class neighborhoods.

Stark racial disparities in COVID-19 fatalities suggest that "segregation in the city fosters gaps in life and death," a...
08/20/2020
A ‘Perfect Storm’: 50 Lives And 4 ZIP Codes Tell Chicago’s Story Of COVID-19 Inequality

Stark racial disparities in COVID-19 fatalities suggest that "segregation in the city fosters gaps in life and death," according to this investigation by WBEZ. This phenomenon is playing out across the country, with deeply tragic consequences now and in the months and years to come. #FairHousing

WBEZ spoke with the relatives of 50 Chicago COVID-19 victims to understand the systemic conditions behind the pandemic’s disproportionate impact.

"Counties with the highest percentage of White residents have had the lowest rates of coronavirus infections, even as in...
08/18/2020
Residential segregation plays a role in coronavirus disparities, study finds

"Counties with the highest percentage of White residents have had the lowest rates of coronavirus infections, even as infections have increased with the reopening of some states’ economies, an indication that residential segregation is a significant factor in the pandemic’s spread, a study has concluded." #FairHousing

The study examines why counties with predominantly White populations have a lower number of cases than more diverse areas.

Even in a pandemic, a search for a new place to rent is sometimes necessary. The Fair Housing Council has a housing sear...
08/18/2020

Even in a pandemic, a search for a new place to rent is sometimes necessary. The Fair Housing Council has a housing search app, Fair Housing Hunt, that allows homeseekers to record information about their search; compare units based on size, cost, location and other features; and make informed decisions about the available options. Download the free app here: https://www.fairhousingwisconsin.com/housing-search-app
#FairHousing

As we energize ourselves to protect our civil rights and defend fair housing choice in this historic year, we remember t...
08/18/2020

As we energize ourselves to protect our civil rights and defend fair housing choice in this historic year, we remember the words of groundbreaking U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm: "Freedom is an endless horizon, and there are many roads that lead to it." #FairHousing

ICYMI: Segregated living conditions contribute to segregated schools. In a new report, '"We argue [Milwaukee] represents...
08/17/2020
Report: Metro Milwaukee's Black Students Are The Most Hypersegregated In The Nation

ICYMI: Segregated living conditions contribute to segregated schools. In a new report, '"We argue [Milwaukee] represents the archetype of modern-day metropolitan racial apartheid and inequality," Levine writes in the report. "On virtually all key measures of Black community well-being, Milwaukee ranks at or near the bottom when ranked against other large metropolitan areas."' #FairHousing

Updated at 10:22 a.m. CT New research on Black-white disparities in metropolitan Milwaukee draws a sobering conclusion about education: Black students here

08/16/2020
Why Schools Should Care about Housing Voucher Discrimination

"Inequality in our neighborhoods translates to inequality in our schools." #FairHousing

Discrimination that shapes our neighborhoods has a hand in shaping our schools. Policymakers, landlords, tenants, public housing authorities, and housing advocates all play a role in whether the voucher program lives up to its goals, but so do educators and those invested in education equity.

Think that blatant, purposeful steering and segregation are a thing of the past? Think again: "A federal review found th...
08/12/2020
Report: Agency in Alabama city segregated public housing

Think that blatant, purposeful steering and segregation are a thing of the past? Think again: "A federal review found that a public housing authority in Alabama let white people live in riverfront towers with scenic views and other amenities while segregating Black people in another apartment development without the frills, a newspaper reported.

A Housing and Urban Development study determined that 94% of the Decatur Housing Authority's units in two towers with views of the Tennessee River are occupied by white people, while all the units in a housing project farther from the river are occupied by Black people, The Decatur Daily reported." #FairHousing

A federal review has determined that an Alabama housing agency segregated residents by race

Economic disparities are widening across segregated neighborhoods, according to newly-mapped data. "The maps . . .  high...
08/12/2020

Economic disparities are widening across segregated neighborhoods, according to newly-mapped data. "The maps . . . highlight how the distinct nature of the coronavirus economic shock has divided cities into neighborhoods where most people can work from home and neighborhoods where most can’t. And because the latter group is disproportionately made up of Black and Hispanic workers, those lines also largely follow patterns of racial segregation," the data reveals. Check out your own area in these interactive maps: https://nyti.ms/2CbDyRD
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