1998

1998 issues of The Advocate

DC condo association pays $550,000 in race/sex case

The Carrollsburg Condominium Unit Owners Association will pay $550,000 to an African-American condo owner to settle charges that the association did not go far enough to protect her from racial and sexual harassment. The June settlement also calls for the condominium owners association to buy the woman's condo back from her for $52,000.

Harassment became so severe that woman feared going home

Deborah Reeves, an African-American attorney, moved into southwest Washington's Carrollsburg Condominium complex in 1981.

Tacoma, WA families share in $55,000 settlement

The owner of a Tacoma, Washington mobile home park  will pay $55,000 to resolveclaims of family status discrimination under a settlement reached in June by the JusticeDepartment. The settlement resolves lawsuits filed by the Department of Justice andprivate plaintiffs.

The settlement agreement, filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma,ends an investigation into whether the South Prairie Creek R.V. Park violated the federalFair Housing Act by discriminating against five families with children.

African-Americans and Illinois housing group win $114,000 in racial discrimination case


In June, the owners and managers of three apartment complexes in Oak Lawn, Illinois agreedto pay $144,000 to an African-American couple whom they denied a sublease, a white couplewho tried to sublet their apartment, the South Suburban Housing Center (SSHC), and severalAfrican-American testers who investigated complaints of discrimination at the complexes.The settlement is a series of Consent Orders approved by Federal District Court JudgeJames Holderman and includes both cash payments and rent credits.

City of Taylor, Michigan agrees to pay $550,000 for refusing to rezone adult residential care center

In yet another instance where a city's government has been accused of denying housing rights to its disabled citizens, another large settlement has been reached. The city of Taylor, Michigan has agreed to pay $550,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by the owners of a residential facility for disabled adults.

Judge orders city to pay $192,000 to Missouri group home operators in zoning dispute

In September, United States District Judge George F. Gunn, Jr. ordered the city of CreveCoeur, Missouri to pay $ 192,788 to the developers of a group home for persons withAlzheimer's Disease. The Court also ordered the city to issue building permits to thedevelopers so the group home could be completed.

In June 1995, CURA, Inc. opened MasonManor, a group home for persons with Alzheimer's Disease, in an unincorporated part of St.Louis County, Missouri. Soon after the facility opened, the part of the county where thehome was built was annexed by the city of Creve Coeur.

HUD Secretary Cuomo issues landmark order in accessibility case, requires modifications

In April, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo intensified HUD's crackdownon housing discrimination by issuing a landmark order that, for the first time, requires abuilder to make modifications to completed housing units so that they are accessible topeople with disabilities.

Order requires builder to make costly modifications to already-builtcondominiums

Nevada condo developer pays $37,500 to resolve HUD disability and accessibility complaint

A Las Vegas developer agreed to pay $37,500 to settle a housing discrimination complaintinvolving a 168-unit Las Vegas condominium complex that is not accessible to people withdisabilities. The May settlement agreement resolves a complaint filed with the USDepartment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by the Disability Rights ActionCommittee, a Las Vegas advocacy group.

Disabled Alabama woman wins $110,000 after being denied transfer to accessible apartment

A disabled Alabama woman settled a housing discrimination complaint for $110,000 in February. The woman asserted that she had suffered at the hands of her landlord who refused to transfer her to a wheelchair-accessible apartment.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, and the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center filed suit in federal court against the owner and builder of an apartment complex. They alleged that the defendants failed to build the complex in accordance with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.

Disabled Virginia man wins $65,000 settlement in accessible parking space dispute with condo board

A disabled Virginia man won a $65,000 settlement against a condominium complex where administrators allegedly refused to allow a reasonable accommodation in the form of a reserved parking space close to his unit. Albert Leahy, who uses a wheelchair, obtained the June settlement with help from the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington.

According to the settlement agreement, the owners and managers of Alexandria Knolls West admit no wrongdoing but will pay Albert Leahy, $43,000, the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington $20,000, and Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.

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