1992 issues of The Advocate

Heifetz Awards $50,000 Each To Interracial Couple For "Emotional Distress" In San Diego Apartment Eviction

HUD's Chief Administrative Law Judge has awarded a record $126,277 for rental discrimination against a white waitress and a black "D.J." who lived together. The order included payments of "actual damages" for "emotional distress" of $50,000 each, to complainants Vernald Frank and Patricia Rodriguez. The August 24, 1992 order by Alan W. Heifetz followed a May 12-13 hearing in San Diego.

Discrimination occurred at the Plaza Lagoon apartments where the AU found "No other black persons resided ...

Two discrimination settlements reached

Two local groups Monday received checks for $350 each following the recent settlement of two housing discrimination complaints.

Concerned Citizens Coalition, a local non-profit group that fights housing discrimination, said its board members decided 15 percent of all settlements and court awards would be
donated to groups working with homeless people.

As a result; the group gave checks to the Great Falls Mercy Home and the Native American Center.

"Housing discrimination contributes substantially to homelessness in our community," said Stuart McCarvel, president o

Court of Appeals reduces HUD ALJ award

In a case decided in March 1992, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals cut back an award by a HUD Administrative Law Judge for compensatory damages because of sex discrimination. While affirming the ALJ determination of liability the Court agreed that "...the total amount of the award of compensatory damages was unsupported and unreasonable."

In Baumgardner v. HUD Secretary on behalf of Holley, the three judge panel reduced from $5,000 to $3,000 the damages payable "... to Complainant to compensate him for the losses that resulted from respondents discriminatory activity.

County makes gains in housing integration, gets a prod for more

Jefferson County has made inroads in integrating its neighborhoods, even though nearly three-fourths of the county is still racially segregated.

A report released yesterday by the Fair Housing Council said segregated housing - aided by desegregation of public schools that began in 1975 - has declined 11 percentage points, from 82 percent in 1980 to 71 percent in 1990.

The council is a private, non-profit organization set up five years ago to monitor housing desegregation.

Carolinas, Southeast States Lead in Passage and Approval of Equivalent Laws

The Carolinas and the Southeastern states continue to lead the country in passing fair housing laws equivalent to the new higher standards of the 1988 Fair Housing Act Amendments.

By the end of June statutes passed by the State of North Carolina (see 9-91 ADVOCATE) and three cities had been deemed equivalent. The cities were Asheville-Buncombe County (see 10-91 ADVOCATE) Charlotte and Winston Salem.

The South Carolina law and the Florida law (see 11-91 ADVOCATE) had been approved earlier.


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