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Reducing Impacts of Housing Discrimination on Health (RIHDH)

The Project Reducing Impacts of Housing Discrimination on Health (RIHDH) is funded by MICHR's Community University Partnership Seed grant. This project partners with the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit  (FHCMD) to analyze the geo-spatial distribution of fair housing complaints in the metropolitan area. This includes making creating a digital database of all FHCMD's files from the 1978–2017. The team published findings for the years 2008–2017 that identified areas with the most housing discrimination and analyzed the social, environmental, and neighborhood factors associated with high rates of housing discrimination. The project is currently expanding analysis to all years within the dataset.


The study used intake data from the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit to identify housing discrimination "hot spots" in the Detroit metropolitan area. Results suggest housing discrimination may be more frequent in neighborhoods with greater proportions of Non-Hispanic Black or Hispanic residents, lower incomes, and a greater proportion of rental households.

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