The mission of High Plains Fair Housing Center is to strengthen communities and to ensure equal access to fair housing in the region through training, education, enforcement, and advocacy.
The vision of High Plains Fair Housing Center recognizes the importance of “home” as a component of the American dream. We envision a country free of housing discrimination where each individual, group, and community enjoys equal housing opportunity and access in a bias-free and open housing market. We envision a country where integrated neighborhoods are the norm, and where private and public sectors collaborate to guarantee civil rights, in an open and barrier-free community committed to healing the history of discrimination in America.
Michelle is the founder and Executive Director of the High Plains Fair Housing Center, the only Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) in North Dakota. She oversees all advocacy for victims of housing discrimination and supervises all enforcement and education activities. She has over 25 years of prior experience in grassroots community organizing and advocacy on issues that include neighborhood safety, housing, and transportation. Her work as a transportation advocate required her to engage with local officials in multiple states. Michelle began her career as a community organizer in Chicago and later worked with the National Democratic Institute on developing advocacy projects in Romania after the fall of communism.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Katie Dachtler, President
Courtney Davis, Vice President
Debra Johnson, Secretary
Sandi Marshall, Treasurer
Sekou T. Sirleaf