1996

1996 issues of The Advocate

Housing Discrimination Project settles disability and family status complaints against Mass. complexes 

The Housing Discrimination Project (HDP) in Holyoke, Massachusetts recently settled two complaints of housing discrimination against Massachusetts apartment complexes. Both cases were filed in federal court and settled within six months.

In September, in a disability discrimination case handled by the HDP, Bertha Regish, an 89-year-old resident of Northampton, Mass., won a wheelchair ramp, accommodations to her apartment and $3,500 in attorney's fees from Meadowbrook Apartments, the apartment complex where she has lived for more than 20 years.

Virginia rental company agrees to pay $100,000 for steering Blacks and Whites to different cities

Early in May, Pierce Construction Company, a rental company based in Petersburg, Virginia that allegedly steered African-American and White prospective tenants to certain areas because of their race, agreed to pay $100,000 in damages, penalties, and investigative expenses.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond by the Justice Department, alleged that Pierce Construction Company, which owns and manages rental properties in Petersburg and manages properties in Colonial Heights, engaged in a pattern of discrimination because of race.

National Meetings Calendar

The Pacific Non-Profit Training Center will hold conferences on Fair Housing and Disability Rights in both Portland, OR (July 25-27, 1996) and Philadelphia, PA (September 19-21, 1996). The Portland Conference will be held in the Red Lion Hotel's Lloyd Center. The Philadelphia conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel. Those interested in attending either conference should contact Linda Jones at (503) 287-1535. Space is limited to 50 participants per conference.

Fair Housing Advocate launches interactive discussion forum on World Wide Web site

The National Fair Housing Advocate has continued to expand its National Fair Housing Advocate Web Site by launching a discussion forum. The forum can be accessed from the web site with any form of compatible web browsing software such as Netscape Navigator 2.0. It is free and open to any and all participants who wish to interact with others from around the country concerning fair housing issues.

Once someone has accessed the forum, they can read messages posted by others, respond with messages of their own, or introduce entirely new topics for discussion.

Novato, CA apartment complex owner to pay $16,000 to settle family discrimination case

The owner of Court Apartments in Novato, California agreed to pay $16,000 to settle a family status discrimination lawsuit. The settlement was reached in April after a complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by Fair Housing of Marin for Elizabeth Austin, a single mother.

Appeals Court orders Kentucky woman to pay $30,000 for discriminating against West Virginia family

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has affirmed the 1994 ruling of U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) administrative law judge Samuel A. Chaitovitz ordering a property owner and a building manager to pay $25,621.25 in damages and $5,250 in civil penalties for refusing to rent a house to a family with five children.

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