Gainesville, GA

Accessibility upgrades coming to Windcliff Apartments after settlement

June 05, 2016
Residents of Windcliff Apartments off Limestone Parkway in Gainesville might be surprised to learn the U.S. Department of Justice recently reached a settlement with the complex’s property owners in a housing discrimination lawsuit.
     It is one of 71 properties across Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee involved in the lawsuit.
     It is unclear how the alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act came to light, said Amy Montgomery, president of Gateway Construction Company based in Florence, Ala. But the DOJ filed the suit against Allan Rappuhn, chief executive officer of the Gateway Companies, which includes Windcliff Apartments, LLC.
     Montgomery said no known tenants had been involved in the litigation.

Disability housing seminar held in Gainesville

September 30, 2013
The Disability Resource Center on Woodsmill Road in Gainesville defines themselves as "a private, non-profit organization designed to increase independence, access, and equal rights for everyone through the empowerment of people with disabilities".
     They serve the thirteen counties in the northeastern corner of Georgia and focus on removing barriers, both architectural and attitudinal in nature, with the goal of helping those with disabilities live more independently.
     On Monday morning they teamed up with Metro Fair Housing Services, located in Atlanta, to offer a free seminar on housing discrimination laws and regulations. The session was conducted at the Georgia Department of Labor facility on Atlanta Highway and was open to anyone interested.

Housing advocacy group opens branch office in Gainesville

March 23, 2005
A Dekalb County based housing advocacy group has opened a branch office in Gainesville.
     Foster Corbin who is executive director of Metro Fair Housing Services says the 30 year old organization says it believes Gainesville's minority population could use help fighting housing discrimination.
     "Everyone should know about their rights," He said. "And, not be treated badly because of the color of their skin or where they were born."

Hall commissioners accused of housing discrimination

July 20, 2004
A federal court complaint filed in Gainesville accuses the Hall County Commission of minority housing discrimination.
     The four count complaint claims Hall County code amendments and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, approved by the Commission,caused the discrimination against Hispanics and African Americans.
     According to the filing, when minium lot sizes were increased housing cost went up, placing low cost or "starter" housing out of reach for many minority families.

County is hit by zoning lawsuits

June 07, 2003
Three lawsuits, one each in state, superior and federal courts, were filed Friday against the Hall County commission.
     The suits, two of which were filed by Atlanta attorney Carl Westmoreland Jr., stem from last month's passage of a series of zoning proposals aimed at slowing growth in the county.
     Westmoreland, an expert on zoning and land-use issues, represents 10 families with property in Hall.
     The lawsuit filed in federal court maintains the county violated the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in providing ade- quate housing for area residents.
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