Our mission is to ensure our residents have access to high quality, affordable housing and to also ensure that they feel secure and welcome within a diverse and inclusive community that is caring, active, and one in which everybody has a place.
FHC was created by ordinance in 1969, and is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of the City of Ferndale. FHC is governed by the Board, which provides financial oversight, establishes policies, sets the strategic plan, and hires and directs the Executive Director. The Executive Director manages the staff and day-to-day operations of the organization. Our organizational chart provides more detail.
FHC is funded by, and functions under contract with, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). FHC is subject to federal laws and regulations, as well as its own officially adopted policies. We are obligated to meet HUD requirements and administer our programs accordingly.
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
The Ferndale Housing Commission complies fully with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, and with all rules and regulations governing fair housing and equal opportunity in housing and employment. Federal law prohibits discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, familial status, disability, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The State of Michigan and City of Ferndale prohibit discrimination on the basis of height and weight, gender, or physical or mental disability.
FHC owns and operates two apartment buildings and 43 homes in the City of Ferndale. Autumn House is located at 500 East Nine Mile Road and was constructed in 1974. It has 55 units and is just a couple blocks east of Woodward. Withington West was built in 1982 and houses the FHC central business office.
There are 68 units at Withington, which is just one block north of Nine Mile in the heart of downtown Ferndale. Both buildings have parking and are within walking distance to shopping, grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, public transportation, and community amenities such as the library, United States Postal Service, and a local Senior Center.
Most of our units are one bedroom units and can accommodate up to 2 people. There are five, two bedroom units at Autumn House that can house up to four people in each. Our homes are located throughout the City of Ferndale and are a mix of two, three, and four bedroom homes. We allow two people per bedroom in our units.