1995

1995 issues of The Advocate

Cupertino Mother Gets $40,000 in Family Settlement

A Cupertino couple have agreed to settle a housing discrimination case in which they denied an apartment to an otherwise qualified renter due to the presence in the household of a child.  This violation of law has resulted in a monetary settlement of $40,000 and a promise by the owners to comply with fair housing laws.

In March of 1993 Laura and Ryan Howell, a single mother and her nine year old son attempted to rent a two-bedroom apartment in Cupertino owned by George and Sonia Heidemann.  They were told by Ms.

San Jose Wheelchair User Wins $126,000 Over Broken Elevator

A pattern and practice lawsuit of unlawful housing discrimination against disabled persons in San Jose settled for $126,000 in January 1994. Lethia Hayes, a physically disabled resident of the Cypress Park Apartments brought the suit. She used a heavy w heelchair and could only access her apartment by using the apartment elevator.

A federal judge in California's Northern District approved the settlement.

People with Disabilities Move into Their Own Homes; Little NIMBY Opposition Reported

Community-based efforts to help people with disabilities own their homes are spreading across the United States. Growing numbers of people with disabilities are signing leases, acquiring mortgages, and taking possession of their own homes in eight st ates, including New Hampshire, the birthplace of this movement.

These efforts are part of a broader shift away from the traditional model of professional services that segregates people with disabilities in what some call institutional ghettos.

Atlantic City Landlord to Pay $25,000 for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Against Hispanics

Sexual Harassment by an Atlantic City Landlord resulted in a February order for payment of $25,000 after a hearing before HUD Chief Administrative Law Judge Alan W. Heifetz. The HUD Charge alleged that the respondent discriminated against the complainant based on her sex and national origin and against her two children because of their national origin. Respondent Theodore DiCosmo was also charged with retaliation against complainants for asserting their rights under the Fair Housing Act.

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