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Mayor visits Westvale Manor
     (ANDERSON, Ind., April 20, 2016) -- Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. said the conditions at Westvale Manor were not as bad as he expected following a visit to the apartment complex on Tuesday.
     City officials joined Charles Weatherly Jr., executive director of the Anderson Housing Authority (AHA), at Westvale Manor, which is the subject of a federal class-action lawsuit filed April 11.
     The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and two tenants against the government-subsidized complex cited sexual harassment, racial discrimination and health problems related to conditions that the management failed to address.
     Among the common complaints, according to the lawsuit: Water leaks, mold, pests and inadequate maintenance of the apartments. FULL STORY at heraldbulletin.com

Reserve developer sues Tinley
     (CHICAGO, April 19, 2016) -- The developer of a proposed apartment building in Tinley Park filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing village officials of violating federal and state fair housing laws and asks a judge to stop them from "unlawfully interfering" in the project.
     Buckeye Community Hope Foundation also seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
     Plans for the nonprofit's The Reserve, a 47-unit building at 183rd Street and Oak Park Avenue, have been on hold since a vote by the village's Plan Commission was tabled in early February. Tinley Park also has asked the Cook County Sheriff's Inspector General to look at the review process behind the development.
      FULL STORY at chicagotribune.com

HUD files housing discrimination charge after woman told to move to housing for "handicapped persons"
     (WASHINGTON, April 19, 2016) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today it is charging landlords in Beloit, Kansas with violating the Fair Housing Act after allegedly discriminating against a female tenant with disabilities by not renewing her lease, sending her a notice containing discriminatory statements about her disability, and retaliating against her for filing a previous fair housing complaint.
     Read HUD’s charge. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to make housing unavailable to any person because of a disability. It also prohibits retaliating against a person because they filed a fair housing complaint.
     “No one should have to deal with the prospect of losing their home because they have a disability or be subjected to retaliation for standing up for their rights,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Landlords are required to grant reasonable accommodations when tenants need them and HUD will continue working to ensure that they meet that obligation.” FULL STORY at realestaterama.com

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