1997

1997 issues of The Advocate

New Orleans Legal Assistance helps family win $7,500

Janice Nunnery and Charles Nelson, a couple from New Orleans, Louisiana, recently settled a federal fair housing complaint against Rolland Jee, an apartment complex owner, and Leola McCullen, the manager at the complex.  A cash award of $7,500 was agreed to in the May settlement.

 The settlement also requires Jee and McCullen to attend fair housing training.  Additionally, Jee must post “Equal Housing Opportunity” signs at all of his rental properties.

New book: Insurance Redlining, edited by Gregory Squires

Insurance Redlining: Divestment, Reinvestment, and the Evolving Role of Financial Institutions
edited by Gregory D. Squires
Urban Institute Press, 253 pages.

This new book, a collection of data and studies from various authors, examines the still-prevalent practice of redlining (the refusal to write policies in certain areas) of homeowners insurance.  Skillfully edited by Gregory Squires, the University of

Idaho husband and wife win $5,000

Gwilet Larson, the owner of an apartment complex in Nampa, Idaho agreed in March to pay $5,000 to Brent and Jennifer Neer to settle an administrative complaint set to be heard by HUD Administrative Law Judge Thomas Heinz.  Judge Heinz approved the settlement in the family status case which also called for Larson to pay the Idaho Fair Housing Council for a training course in fair housing law.

Illinois Housing Authority pays $11,500 to single moms

In April, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrative Law Judge Alan Heifitz approved an $11,500 settlement in a family status case against Lake Shore Plaza, a Chicago apartment complex.  Lake Shore Plaza is owned by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and managed by New Frontier Property Management.  Thirteen complainants shared in the settlement, which included $4,000 in attorneys’ fees.  Eleven of the complainants received $500 monetary awards and two of the complainants received $1,000.

Washington state landlords pay twice for family complaints

A single mother from Maple Valley, Washington won $3,640 in settlements in two separate family status complaints against a neighbor and her landlords.  The settlements, which were reached earlier this year with the assistance of the King County Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, also required the landlords to change certain discriminatory policies and attend fair housing training.

African-Americans lied to at New Jersey complex

Chandler Associates, the owners of Pleasant View Apartments in Piscataway, New Jersey, have agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a United States Department of Justice lawsuit which alleged that the managers of the complex had discriminated against prospective tenants on the basis of race.  It is the first fair housing settlement that the Justice Department has obtained in New Jersey.

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