1993

1993 issues of The Advocate

Resources and Notes

Fair Housing Summit Planned January 19-22

After a year of discussion and planning a US National Fair Housing Summit Meeting will be held January 19-22, 1994. The Summit will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel (800) 228-9290 or (703) 920-3230 in Alexandria, Virginia.

HUD ALJ Chaitovitz Orders $36,840 Paid in Three Cases

HUD Administrative Law Judge Samuel A. Chaitovitz has heard a mobility impairment handicap case and approved two family discrimination case settlements, among others, in recent months. The handicap case heard in Bradenton, Florida, resulted in an order for $23,370. Two other family discrimination cases, one in Florida and one in California resulted in orders totaling $10,970.

For three days in Bradenton, Judge Chaitovitz heard testimony regarding the complaint of George and Agues Guard against Ocean Sands, Inc., their condominium association.

'94 HUD Funds for FHIP Increased $9.3 Million to $21 Million

HUD's 1994 budget for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) has been doubled as a result of Congressional action concluded in September.

Strong support for fair housing was shown when the House of Representatives added $3.6 million for FHIP to an appropriations bill (H.R. 2491) that already included a increased HUD request. HUD had asked for $16.9 million for FHIP, which was $6.3 million more than 1993 projections.

A Public Housing Desegregation Success Story - Omaha, NE

In Omaha, nearly 150 public housing families now live in single family homes scattered throughout all seven of Omaha's wards. The 194 unit Logan Fontanelle North project where they might otherwise be living was demolished in 1992.

The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) buys single family homes on the open market, holds neighborhood public hearings to announce its intentions, fixes up the houses if they need it, and rents them as public housing dwellings to the neat family on its waiting list.

A CALL FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Now is the time for fair housing advocates to come to the aid of HUD Secretary Cisneros and support his call for affirmative action to end segregation in public and assisted housing.

Secretary Cisneros has provided bold new leadership for desegregation, the likes of which have not been seen since President Kennedy issued his famous executive order to desegregate public housing.

The New York Times heralded him as a "Lonely Clarion Against Racism" in their July 8 interview.

NOTES FROM THE NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE

by Joyce S. Jowdy

Housing discrimination reaches beyond its victims and grasps on to our neighborhoods, town and cities as well. Its stranglehold may appear invisible to those who believe that today anyone can live wherever they choose.

While some of the more obvious signs of housing discrimination may appear vanquished by the civil rights struggles of the sixties, discrimination today has become more subtle and many systemic and institutionalized methods remain intact

During this year's fifth annual conference of the National Fair Housing Alliance.

$233,000 Awarded In Illinois Race/Family Case

The owners and agents of a Wheeling, Illinois apartment building must pay $135,000 in damages and $98,372 in attorney fees for discrimination against an African-American Chicago couple who tried to rent an apartment.

Steven and Brendia Whyte and Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs filed the lawsuit against agents Martin & Marbry and the owners of the property, Ben and Josephine Fragale of Des Plaines and George and Georgia Concialdi of Chicago.

Michigan Fair Housing Centers Complete Third HUD Enforcement Contract

The six private, non-profit, fair housing enforcement organizations in Michigan (FHC-Detroit; FHC-Grand Rapids; FHC-Jackson; FHC-Muskegon; FHC-Tri-County; FHC-Washtenaw County) have recently completed work, and submitted a final report, on their third Fair Housing Initiatives/Private Enforcement Initiative (FHIP) contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

New York Times Settles Ad Case Worth $450,000

After four years of litigation, the New York Times has agreed to settle a "human models" advertising case by paying $150,000 in damages and donating $300,000 worth of advertising space to the Open Housing Center, Inc. In the consent decree, the Times agreed to implement a policy that requires depictions of human models that represent the percentage of blacks and other minorities in the New York City metropolitan area.

The case, which reached the United States Supreme Court, was brought against the Times by the New York Open Housing Center and four individual plaintiffs.

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