1994

1994 issues of The Advocate

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A Challenge to Section 8 Segregation in Suburban Cook County

Fair housing supporters looking for a method to analyze and resolve problems of segregation in Section 8 housing would do well to obtain and study a new report entitled A Racial Perspective On Subsidized Housing in the Chicago Suburbs.

This report carefully examines the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) Section 8 program, which it says is "overwhelmingly Black and highly concentrated geographically with few whites and almost no Hispanics."

Segregation By Lack of Choice

DOJ "The Last Actor to Come on Board"

Fair housing advocates will note the article headlined "Disparate-Impact Theory Gains Favor at Justice," in the March Fair Housing-Fair Lending Bulletin from Prentice Hall. The article quoted Penda Hair of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund as saying, "Considering the favorable treatment accorded the disparate-impact theory by Cisneros and the federal appeals courts, the Justice Department is really the last actor to come on board."

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HUD ALJ Orders $23,842 Fee to Chicago Attorneys

Chicago's Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities was the focus of a recent decision by HUD ALJ William C. Cregar, who ordered payment of $23,842 in fees to the Leadership Council for the work of its attorneys.

Chicago Respondent Must Pay Fees For Fair Housing Attorneys

Judge Cregar had already found in October 1993, that respondent Stanley Jancik had violated the Fair Housing Act.

HUD ALJ Cases Include Housing for Family of 7 in WV, Handicap Ramp in Dayton, Ohio

Cases involving family discrimination and handicap accessibility have been resolved recently by HUD Administrative Law Judges Samuel A. Chaitovitz and Robert A. Andretta.

A family status case that went to hearing before Judge Chaitovitz in Parkersburg, West Virginia, resulted in awards to seven family members totaling $30,871. Judge Andretta enjoined an apartment owner to permit installation of a handicap ramp and to pay $3,000.

Escondido California Family Case Settled for $23,000

An Escondido, California, couple with a small child recently settled a family housing discrimination case for $23,000. The young married couple had alleged discriminatory practices aimed at children by an apartment complex.

The settlement included compensation for the two San Diego Fair Housing Councils who were named as Plaintiffs in the suit. The case, entitled Collie V. Booth, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Miami's HOPE Settles $100,000 Race Case

The former owners of Tropicana Apartments in Miami, Florida, recently paid $100,000 to settle charges they misrepresented the availability of apartments and denied rentals to African-Americans.

The federal suit arose out of the experience of Traci Webster, an African-American woman who asked about apartments at Tropicana in 1990. She was told by the rental agent, Sylvia Neft, that no apartments were available at that time. Suspecting that this was untrue, Ms. Webster contacted Miami's Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc., (HOPE).

DOJ and Lending Discrimination: $960,000 Fund Settles Shawmut Mortgage Case

The Shawmut Mortgage Company agreed in December to create an initial $960,000 fund to compensate individual Blacks and Hispanics who were unfairly denied home mortgage loans.

The settlement followed a one-year investigation by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission into alleged discriminatory lending practices, by the Connecticut based company.

First Denial Under HMDA or Equal Credit Act

In November 1993, the Federal Reserve Board denied a request from Shawmut to approve their acquisition of New Dartmouth Bank in Manchester, NH.

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