1993

1993 issues of The Advocate

Chicago Area Fair Housing Groups Settle Four Ad Cases With 15 Developers, 4 Agencies, for $485,000

Since January of 1990, fair housing groups in the Chicago area have settled four advertising cases, involving 15 developers and four advertising agencies, for nearly $485,000. The groups include the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, HOPE Fair Housing Center, Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs, South Suburban Housing Center, and Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.

These agreements, involving the use of human models, have usually required the real estate companies to continue to use human models for certain periods of times.

Gwinnett County, Georgia Pays $55,000, Agrees to Personal Care Home For 6 Residents

A Gwinnett County, Georgia couple have won $55,000 and the right to operate a personal care home for 6 people in settlement of their fair housing suit in federal court.

Richard and Janice Churchill had charged the County and some of their neighbors in Snellville, GA, with discrimination in violation of the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments.

Apartment owner to comply with accessibility law

In one of the first test cases nationwide of a new federal housing law, the owner of a West Chester apartment building has agreed to make his ground-floor apartments accessible to wheelchair-bound tenants.

The settlement puts multi-family apartment owners, developers and architects on notice that they must comply with the 1988 Fair Housing Act or face court action.

"The significance of the consent decree is that builders who do not comply with the new law will undoubtedly get caught and should comply with it beforehand," said Karla Irvine, executive director of Housing Oppor

Durham housing claims settled

In a record agreement with the federal government, a Durham apartment complex has agreed to pay $125,000 in damages and penalties to settle six housing-discrimination complaints.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement Thursday with Hazard Cannon and Roehampton Investments Inc. of Palm Park Apartments off Leon Street.

Under the agreement, Cannon and Roehampton will pay $42,500 in civil penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice and $82,500 to six families who allege they were discriminated against because of their race and because they had children.

Darbys awarded $450,000 by federal jury

Anthony and Deeva Darby have been awarded $450,000 by a Federal Court jury in relation to their claim of racial discrimination by the owners and agents of Heather Ridge Apartments in Westland, Michigan. The dollar amount is the largest ever awarded in a fair housing litigation in Michigan and is among the highest awards ever made in a fair housing case in the United States. FHC Cooperating Attorneys E. Michael Morris and Cherie Bitter (Mr. Morris' Associate and Co-counsel) represented the Darbys in this action that was heard in the courtroom of Hon. Paul V.

Baltimore Fair Housing Advertising Suit Settled for $155,000

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI), and St. James Investors Joint Venture and Jordan-Azzam, Inc. have settled a lawsuit alleging discriminatory advertising practices for $155,000. The suit filed by the non-profit fair housing group in 1990, was settled in October 1992.

St. James Investors owned the St. James Condominiums in the Guilford area of Baltimore City. Jordan-Azzam is the advertising agency that prepared the advertisements that were the subject of the lawsuit.

BNI's complaint focused on newspaper and magazine advertisements used to advertise the St.

Families win housing bias settlement

A fair housing group has announced a major settlement with a Santa Clare mobile home park operator accused of violating federal fair-housing law when he started eviction proceedings against two families because they had children.

The case was settled on the first day of trial late last month without the owner of Roundup Mobile Lodge ever admitting guilt.

MFHC Announces $46,550 Settlement In Okla. City Discrimination Case

The owner and management of an apartment complex on the northwest side of Oklahoma City recently agreed to a settlement of $46,550 in a lawsuit brought in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs, Metropolitan Fair Housing Council (MFHC) and members of two black families, charged housing discrimination on the basis of race and familial status. The plaintiffs accused the owner and management of violating the federal Fair Housing Act as to the terms, conditions and privileges of rental including constructive eviction of tenants.

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