Cleveland, OH

Cleveland TV station loses bias suit

December 01, 1999
A former Channel 5 news producer yesterday won a $1.25 million judgment against Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. and WEWS for racial discrimination.
    Attorneys for Cheryl Dickson said her firing in 1992 was the result of a pattern of racial bias. Lawyers for WEWS and Scripps Howard denied the accusation and argued that Dickson was fired for poor work performance.
    Dickson had worked at WEWS for 3 1/2 years as the station's first black producer and participated in winning four local Emmy Awards. She filed the lawsuit in 1997. 

Fired producer accuses station of racial discrimination

November 16, 1999
An Emmy-award winning television news producer claimed Tuesday she was unjustly fired after she complained to the NAACP about racial discrimination at a local television station.
    But attorneys for the station owned by Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. said Cheryl Dickson was such an inept producer that one of her news shows ran three minutes short.
    Dickson, the station's first black producer, is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for being fired in 1992. 

HUD seeks to take over Cleveland housing complexes

November 14, 1999
Allegations of families living amidst bugs, broken windows and faulty wiring have caused the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to move to take over two privately owned apartment complexes.
    The apartments are federally subsidized and house about 500 families.
    HUD sent a letter on Tuesday to Associated Estates Realty Corp. of Richmond Heights, asking for the deeds to Rainbow Terrace and Park Village, both in Cleveland, The Plain Dealer reported Saturday. 

Guarding fairness in lending practices

July 01, 1999
It took two years for Cynthia Russell to buy a new home. The problem was not finding a house, but getting a mortgage.
    Since February, she has owned a house on E. 118th St. in Cleveland because of the Community Reinvestment Act. The federal law was designed to stop redlining, a discriminatory practice in which banks systematically denied mortgages, loans and financial services to the inner city. Because of the law, passed in 1977, Cleveland has reached agreements with banks to provide mortgages for low- and moderate-income home buyers like Russell.
    Supporters fear a bill the House is scheduled to vote on today could weaken the law. The bill, and one the Senate passed in May, are part of a proposal to eliminate barriers that prevent banks, security firms and insurance companies from owning each other. 

Cleveland area realtors sign agreement against bias

June 15, 1999
The Lake County Association of Realtors and the federal government have signed a voluntary joint agreement to promote fair housing.
    Representatives of the trade group and the Department of Housing and Urban Development met yesterday in Cleveland to sign the "Best Practices Agreement," which was sparked by criticism of minority access to Mentor's housing market. HUD has one other such arrangement in Northeast Ohio, with the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors. 

HUD looking for fraud in Cleveland

May 25, 1999
Federal housing officials will review subsidy payments made to the owner of Rainbow Terrace Apartments on Cleveland's East Side to see if the company billed taxpayers for apartments that were vacant and not ready to be occupied.
    Officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development yesterday said they were taking the action in response to stories published by The Plain Dealer on May 16. The stories revealed that Associated Estates Realty Corp., the owner of the 484-apartment complex, in January 1996 had billed HUD for an empty Rainbow Terrace apartment. 

Problems plague Cleveland housing projects

May 16, 1999
Federal housing officials regularly ignored their own regulations designed to protect residents at three government-subsidized housing projects that have health and safety problems, The Plain Dealer reported Sunday.
    The apartments' landlord, Associated Estates Realty Corp. of suburban Cleveland, has been able to collect government-funded rent subsidies with little monitoring, which has led to bad conditions, the newspaper said, citing interviews and a review of documents. 

Cleveland tenants rally over troubled housing

April 04, 1999
Undaunted by news that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to sell the troubled Belvoir Cliffs Apartments to a private landlord, neighbors in Euclid Park are hoping the complex will be razed for single-family houses.
    "They've had their chance. We don't want this anymore," said Doreen Perry, a neighbor and one of about 30 protesters who gathered outside the apartment complex yesterday morning. 

Foreclosure threatens Cleveland projects

March 29, 1999
Disputes over thousands of dollars in unpaid bills could unravel a confidential deal designed to avert foreclosure on the 94-unit Park Village Apartments and two other projects on Cleveland's East Side that government records show fell into disrepair under the control of Associated Estates Realty Corp.
    If officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are forced to foreclose on Park Village, Longwood Estates and Rainbow Terrace Apartments, all of which have federally insured mortgages, that could force out the 1,400 families living there. 

Akron housing program fraud charge

March 10, 1999
A suburban woman was charged Wednesday with defrauding $21,861 from a federal housing subsidy program meant to help needy families, a prosecutor said.
    Cynthia Hughes, 45, of Beachwood, was charged with fraudulently receiving the money from December 1997 through last December from the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, the city's public housing agency. 


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