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Housing discrimination suit settled
     (MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 17, 2014) -- Elite Riverview Apartments, the Miami rental complex that was sued for discrimination in May after it allegedly denied Blacks to view rental units, has settled the case out of court, according to legal documents obtained by The Miami Times.
     The complaint that was originally filed in the U.S. Southern District of Florida, was dismissed Nov. 17 after Elite went into mediation talks with the plaintiff, the Housing Opportunities for Project Excellence (HOPE).
     According to the legal documents signed by both parties Nov. 5, HOPE and Elite entered into a settlement agreement whose terms will be enforced by the court. The terms and monetary awards of the agreement were undisclosed.
     Because of a confidentiality clause in the settlement, neither party can comment on the agreement. FULL STORY at miamitimesonline.com

Opinion: Combating neighborhood divisions along racial lines
     (LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 15, 2014) -- Perhaps as a historical accident, many years ending with the number 4 have a remarkable civil rights significance. For example, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law in 1964. Ten years before that, another civil rights milestone was reached. The 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education began the long process of desegregation in public schools.
     Integration didn’t happen overnight, however. In the 1950s and 1960s, children attended schools which reflected the demographic makeup of their neighborhoods. In the “integrated” Seneca High School Class of 1962 , for example, there were fewer than 20 African-Americans out of a total of 250 students. Not coincidentally, the Bon Air neighborhood in which Seneca is located was nearly 100 percent white at the time.
     By the 1970s, decades of racist housing policies – both private and public – had carved the city of Louisville into racial enclaves. African-Americans were pushed out of downtown into the West End by urban renewal, and whites had fled south and east, insulated by banks and home builders who refused to sell suburbia to anyone else. As a result, schools in Louisville remained “de facto” segregated long after Brown. FULL STORY at insiderlouisville.com

Bill would boost domestic violence victims seeking NYCHA housing
     (NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2014) -- A state pol announced legislation Monday to give domestic violence victims the same chance to get into NYCHA housing that homeless families have.
     The city launched a plan earlier this year to give 750 homeless families a fast track to NYCHA apartments - but it also let them jump ahead of domestic violence victims on the housing authority’s huge waiting list, as the Daily News revealed.
     The bill to be introduced by state Sen. Jeff Klein would give victims exiting domestic violence shelters equal priority with homeless families. FULL STORY at nydailynews.com

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