1992

1992 issues of The Advocate

News Notes: Spike Lee Spikes Government Segregation

Spike Lee, director of the biography of Malcolm X, had strong words to say about governmental policies that confine blacks to the inner city. In a long question and answer interview Lee had answered a question about his reaction to the verdict in the Rodney King case and the ensuing riots. The reporter next asked:

What should the government do?

Lee Replied:

"Stop blaming this on welfare. They don't want to do anything really.

Rhode Island Enforcing Housing Rules

RICHMOND, R.I.

A NEW state Housing Appeals Board is trying to assure that plans for publicly assisted housing developments in Rhode Island are treated fairly by local zoning authorities.

Loosely modeled after a similar board in Massachusetts, this one was created by the Rhode Island Legislature last year after years of lobbying by housing advocates. A 1988 law had already required communities to adopt land-use plans that would include a place for low-income housing.

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia Settles $102,000 Rental Case For Black Minister

A Delaware County, Pennsylvania couple has agreed to pay $102,000 to an African American family that claimed they were denied the opportunity to rent a home in Upper Darby for racial reasons.

The settlement filed on behalf of Rev. Charles and Carolyn Heyward against John and Sandra Stouffer was reached just days before the case was scheduled to be heard in U.S.

HUD's Sixth and Newest ALJ Orders $21,000 Paid in Two Family Cases

HUD's new sixth Administrative Law Judge, James Chaitovitz, has ordered payment of $10,700 in a Florida family status case and $10,440 in a family case in St Louis.

Ft. Lauderdale's "Paradise Gardens" Denied Adult Sign, Pool Limits for Children

Judge Chaitovitz required Paradise Gardens of Ft. Lauderdale to remove an "Adult Community" sign and to drop several rules on use of the swimming pool.

Using New 1990 Ordinance, Chicago Commission Orders $128,000 Paid to Complainants in Four Cases

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations ordered payments of $134,000, in four cases among its first rulings since Chicago's fair housing ordinance was strengthened in 1990. Included were $6,000 in fines.

The Commission included payments of significant punitive damages to be paid to complainants. Each of the orders followed hearings, and included substantial attorney's fees.

Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. Settles Steering Suit For $250, 000

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI) and Fine Homes, a Delaware real estate firm, have settled a lawsuit alleging racial steering by real estate agents in northwest Baltimore for $250,000. BNI said this is the largest settlement of a fair housing suit in the Baltimore metropolitan area. It will go to compensate the individuals who BNI alleged were discriminated against and to fund fair housing monitoring by Baltimore Neighborhoods.

The suit alleged that Fine Homes agents steered African-American customers away from predominantly white neighborhoods in northwest Baltimore country.

D.C. Town Center Pays $350,000 to Resolve Apartment Rental Suit

One day into a jury trial, a D.C. real estate management firm agreed to pay $350,000 to a black woman who complained that she was unable to rent an apartment at the Charlestowne North complex in Greenbelt because of racial bias.

The payment promised by Town Center Management Cop. was a record sum, at the time of the May settlement, for a housing discrimination claim in the District, Maryland and Virginia, according to the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, co-plaintiff in the suit.

The agreement was forged after Carolyn T.

Seventh Circuit Holds Fair Housing Act Bans Insurance Redlining

The U. S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held October 20, that the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits "redlining" by insurance companies.

This decision by a three judge appeals court panel is considered "a major breakthrough" by fair housing advocates. It brings the insurance industry under the 1988 Fair Housing amendments that apply to real estate agents, mortgage lenders and banks.

The insurance industry has argued in this and other cases that the Fair Housing Act was not intended to prohibit insurance redlining.

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