1997

1997 issues of The Advocate

Brother and sister win $50,000 in separate disability complaints against Illinois complex

HUD Administrative Law Judge Robert Andretta recently awarded more than $50,000 to Jerome Bradford and his sister, Victoria Bradford, who are both disabled. The Bradfords filed separate complaints against the owners and managers of Pheasant Ridge Apar tments, a complex in Orland Hills, Illinois.

Jerome Bradford, who has several mental disabilities, was shown an apartment and interviewed in April 1994. On his application, Jerome claimed he suffered from dyslexia and "borderline mental retardation" and that he received Social Security bene fits.

New Mexico town agrees to pay $260,000 to Mexican workers after selectively enforcing zoning law

Officials from Hatch, a small town in New Mexico about 40 miles northwest of Las Cruces, have agreed to pay $260,000 to 11 Mexican families whose members work as migrant farm hands near the town. The U.S. Department of Justice and the plaintiffs in a private lawsuit alleged that Hatch's government had violated the Fair Housing Act by selectively enforcing a zoning ordinan ce that bars mobile homes. The December settlement includes compensatory damages, civil penalties, and attorneys' fees.

Two Holyoke, Mass. complexes pay $30,000 for refusing to sign leases for Section 8 tenants

The Housing Discrimination Project (HDP) in Holyoke, Massachusetts settled two fair housing cases in November 1996 where complexes allegedly refused to accept tenants with Section 8 rental subsidies. HDP and a local tenant received a $20,000 monetary settlement from University Park Apartments and a $10,000 monetary settlement from Hilltop Gardens Apartments in separate settlements. Both of the complexes are located in Holyoke.

West Virginia complex ordered to pay $8,370 in parking space dispute with disabled woman

Prestige Properties, Inc., the parent company of the Huntington, West Virginia-based AAA Realty, was ordered to pay more than $8,000 to settle a complaint filed by Tammy Kelly, a disabled woman who was not allowed to park in the parking space closest t o her apartment. Kelly received $1,000 in damages and the complex was ordered to pay $3,650 in attorney's fees and a $3,000 civil penalty.

Nationwide Insurance agent files suit, claims managers told him to redline West Louisville 

Nationwide Insurance Company, America's sixth largest property and casualty insurer, has once again been hit with allegations of insurance redlining, this time in a lawsuit filed by one of its Louisville, Kentucky-based agents. John Askin, the insurance agent who at one time played football for the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots, claimed that Nationwide's managers would not allow him to write policies in Louisville's predominately Black (92 percent) West End.

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