On December 30, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed House Bill 4910 that created additional requirements for individuals seeking reasonable
housing accommodation for emotional support animals.
Governor Whitmer stated in her letter to the Michigan House of Representatives, " While I appreciate the intent behind these bills—to ensure that housing providers are able to verify the need for emotional support animals—these bills result in too great an intrusion on the privacy of people with disabilities. In requiring that people requesting accommodations allow potential housing providers to access detailed, private information about their medical treatment and condition, these bills would constitute a significant invasion of privacy. Moreover, these requirements would exceed the scope of what a housing provider may request under the federal Fair Housing Act, thereby jeopardizing Michigan’s funding for Section 8 Housing."
Disability Network Northern Michigan is the first stop for people with disabilities and their families in northern Michigan. Our mission is to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities. We educate and connect people with disabilities to resources while advocating for social change in an accessible and welcoming community. Disability Network is providing services to customers and community members via phone, email and online. Our office is closed to walk-in business until further notice. We welcome you to virtually join us for peer support and connection with our weekly Zoom online events. Please see our website event page for Zoom online event details!
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