1996

1996 issues of The Advocate

ACORN teams with Prudential to eliminate insurance redlining in Philadelphia

After extensive fair housing testing in Philadelphia, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) identified several homeowners' insurance providers guilty of "redlining," or refusing to insure homes in low-income min ority communities. As a result of negotiations with Prudential Property and Casualty Company, any policies which may have contributed to redlining have been ended and a number of insurance products designed specifically for low-income urban homeowners are currently being marketed.

Florida women to pay $427,000 for lying to African-Americans and families about housing availability

The owner and former manager of a southern Florida apartment complex agreed to pay a record $427,000 to settle a Justice Department lawsuit that alleged they refused to rent to Blacks or families with children. The settlement is the largest so far in the 33 fair housing cases filed by the Justice Department in its nationwide fair housing program.

HUD awards nine additional FHIP grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in March that it would award nearly $5 million in grants to nine additional organizations that participated in its fiscal year 1995 Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) competi tion.

The FHIP was created in 1987 to strengthen the Department's enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and to support efforts to help and prevent and eliminate discrimination by housing providers.

HUD publishes new FHIP regulation

On November 27, 1995 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a final rule revising its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) regulation [60 Fed. Reg. 58,446].

The revised rule is in response to amendments to the FHIP in Section 905 of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1992 which established FHIP on a permanent basis and removed the requirement for testing guidelines as part of FHIP's P rivate Enforcement Initiative program.

Justice settles family case, seven West Coast mobile home parks to pay $2.2 million

In January, in the largest federal settlement in a case alleging housing discrimination against families with children, the owners of seven mobile home parks in California and Washington have agreed to pay more than $2 million in damages.

The settlement, approved late in January by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, resolves a Justice Department suit against several California partnerships that allegedly discouraged families from living in their parks or restricted their activ ities.

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