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 at High Plains Fair Housing Center, and one of the founding members of North Dakota United Against Hate. Michelle studied fair housing law, testing practices, and the complaint process at the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Support Center in Chicago and studied with the National Fair Housing Alliance. She advocates for victims of housing discrimination in North Dakota. 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 Souvannasacd, Vice President
Debra Johnson, Secretary
Sandi Marshall, Treasurer
Corey Birkholz, President Emeritus