1996

1996 issues of The Advocate

Administrative Law Judge Heinz approves settlements in race and family cases

The owners and managers of North Hill Square Apartments, a 464-unit apartment complex in Jackson, Mississippi, agreed to pay $11,000 to Lori Greer, a Black tenant who tried more than a dozen times to move into a larger apartment, to settle allegations that they maintained a policy of racially segregating their tenants into different buildings.

Syracuse family forced to stay in a shelter receives $12,000 after being denied an apartment

Longley-Jones Management Corporation, the company that owns and manages Elm Hill West Apartments in Syracuse, New York, agreed to pay $12,000 to settle a claim that they refused to rent an apartment to a single mother with four children. The woman rec eived a $12,000 cash settlement. She was assisted by the Fair Housing Council of Central New York, Legal Services of Central New York, and the US Attorney's office for the Northern District of New York.

Designers and builders of Illinois condominium complex settle inaccessibility claim for $35,000

The Justice Department and the US Attorney's Office in Chicago reached a settlement in the first lawsuit against an inaccessible condominium development in early June. The settlement calls for the designers and builders of Golfview Estates in Joliet, Illinois to pay $35,000 into a fund that can be used by tenants who wish to make their condominiums accessible.

Larkspur, CA complex agrees to pay $100,000 for refusing to accommodate disabled woman

The owners and managers of Skylark Apartments, a Larkspur, California apartment complex, agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a claim that resident managers discriminated against a tenant with a mental disability.

Joseph and Eda Pell, the owners of the 454-unit apartment complex; Julia Ellis, the complex's on-site manager; and Cindy Gray, Skylark's property manager, signed the settlement in late June after a federal lawsuit was filed by Joanne Karlsrud and Fair Housing of Marin, a private fair housing group in San Rafael, California.

Oregon apartment manager accuses employers of not renting to Hispanics, wins $75,500 settlement

The owners and managers of a Multnomah County, Oregon apartment complex agreed, in July, to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit for $75,500. The suit, originally filed by a rental manager with the company, claimed that her employers had a "secret policy" of refusing to rent apartments to Hispanics.

The on-site manager at the Portland area complex alleged that she became aware of a discrimination policy against admitting new Hispanic tenants. She said that she became aware of the discrimination policy after a couple's application was denied by the management company.

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