Center fights back for fair housing

December 07, 2003
Disabled by serious heart ailments, Conners had asked back in 1999 to be moved to a first-floor apartment in her building, to no avail.
     Last spring, the Partnership for Fair Housing Center of Southwestern Michigan sued management of New Horizon Village in Kalamazoo on Conners' behalf for housing discrimination. The federal lawsuit, the first filed by the 2-year-old center, was settled in November for $16,250.
     More lawsuits alleging housing discrimination have been filed or are in the works. The Kalamazoo-based, nonprofit center focuses first on educating the public about fair-housing laws and resolving disputes amicably, but it is beginning to go to court when necessary.