1995

1995 issues of The Advocate

$210,000 Settlement In Lending Discrimination Case Against First Virginia Bank-Maryland

The First Virginia Bank-Maryland has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a race discrimination case filed in Federal Court in Maryland. Lawyers for Spencer Boyer, an African-American Professor of Law at Howard University, and the Fair Housing Council of Gre ater Washington reported the settlement in December. The bank agreed to take affirmative steps to ensure fair lending practices as part of a comprehensive settlement.

The suit alleged that First Virginia Bank-Maryland denied a home equity loan to Professor Boyer because he is African-American.

Queens Co-op Told to Accommodate the Disabled

In two rulings interpreting the federal Fair Housing Act, a New York appellate court has decided that a Queens co-op must make reasonable alterations to common areas for its disabled residents. In another ruling the court also held that a Queens landlord did not discriminate against Orthodox Jews when it installed electronic locks on its buildings' entrances. Both cases were reported in the September 1, 1994 New York Law Journal.

$100 Million Coming from HUD to Disperse Low-Income Units, Rebuild Some Projects

A landmark suit alleging, a history of discriminatory housing practices in Minneapolis has been settled with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agreeing to pump $100 million into low-income housing throughout the Twin Cities.

Under the agreement, intended to reverse racially segregated pockets of poverty that began in the 1950's, 770 housing units will be replaced. The 350 unit Sumner Field Housing project on the North Side, one of the most economically depressed areas in t he city, will be razed and rebuilt.

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