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Michigan Civil Rights Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Housing Discrimination in Flint on Saturday, March 16

Lansing, MI—The Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights will hold an in-person public hearing on Saturday, March 16, 2024, to hear directly from Flint area residents on discrimination they have experienced in the effort to buy, sell, rent or finance a home.

The hearing will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Mott Community College Event Center, located on the north side of the Mott Library at 1401 E. Court St., Flint, MI 48503-2089.

“We know that housing impacts every aspect of life, including health, wealth, security and peace of mind,” said MDCR Executive Director John E. Johnson, Jr. “The Commission’s determination to hear directly from the people who have suffered due to housing discrimination will provide the framework for policy recommendations designed to eliminate it.”

The Commission is also interested in hearing from individuals with disabilities who have been denied housing or reasonable accommodations to provide them with an equal opportunity to access and live in a rental property.

While the March 16 public hearing will be held in Flint, it is open to people from surrounding communities and any Michigan resident.

The Commission’s examination of housing discrimination began with a public hearing in Detroit on Nov. 8 and a virtual hearing on Feb. 7. Following the Flint hearing on March 16, the Commission will travel to Grand Rapids on April 28 to hear testimony on housing discrimination in that community.

The series of public hearings on housing discrimination will culminate in the third annual Civil Rights Summit on June 12, 2024, where experts, advocates and policy makers will discuss housing discrimination and develop policy and legislative recommendations to combat it.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law.  For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to

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