Your Community is Important.. Place Matters.
Our mission is to advocate, enforce, and educate the communities we serve in order to promote more healthy and inclusive communities.
Initially, in 1997, the Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc., began as a vessel to facilitate the rectification of past non compliance with fair housing laws. The Center was charged with addressing the barriers that were preventing citizens access to fair housing choice and opportunity. The City of Mobile contracted for and accepted an analysis of impediment to fair housing choice in Spring of 1998, which identified existing impediments. Since the Center's formation, the city of Mobile has identified the Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc., as the lead agency to address the city's fair housing needs.
During those first two years, two fair housing cases based on racial discrimination were settled. Lowman et al v.. Mitchell Brothers, Inc., settled for $1.8 million. Jackson et al v.. Delaney, settled for $800,000. In the Mitchell Brothers Inc., case, the U.S. Department of Justice required that the defendant award funding to start the Center. In the Delaney case the U.S. Department of Justice required the defendant to provide the Center, with the defendant's promotional and training material in order to inspect compliance with fair housing laws.
In the Spring of 2006, the Mobile Fair Housing Center, Inc., changed its name to the Center for Fair Housing Inc., to better reflect its eight-county service area of south Alabama. The Center is a full service fair housing center, whose mission is "To advocate, enforce, and educate the communities we serve in order to promote more healthy and inclusive communities." Additionally, in 2009 the Center, became a certified US Department of Housing and Urban Development housing counseling agency. The Center, through education on relevant fair housing laws, affirmatively furthering fair housing, fair lending, community organizing, pre and post ownership counseling, financial literacy, and credit worthiness continue to assure fair housing choices and opportunities for all persons. The Center's service area includes the following counties: Mobile, Baldwin, Monroe, Connecuh, Clarke, Choctaw, Washington, & Escambia.
More recently the Center has implemented it's Justice Leadership Initiative which encompasses the full scope of the center's work. The core of the center's work involves community organizing and advocacy, education, investigation, and enforcement. The Center's Justice Leadership Initiative focus includes: strategic lawyering/litigation, policy strategies, housing and environmental justice, community and economic development. Through the leadership of the Center, the Justice Leadership Initiative connects disadvantaged communities, addresses housing, environmental, community and economic justice issues for under-served families and communities. Specifically, it will respond to the serious community and housing challenges that have emerged out of recent natural and man-made disasters that have affected Alabama and the Gulf Coast.
Currently the Center for Fair Housing is governed by a board of directors and employs a team of well experienced staff, which is managed by the Executive Director. The Center's staff includes: Accessibility Specialist, Administrative Assistant/Housing Counselor, Coordinator of Investigations, Education Outreach Coordinator, Enforcement Coordinator, and Staff Attorney.