1999 issues of The Advocate
A suburban Chicago housing developer will modify nearly 200 condominium units and establish a $150,000 modification fund to provide greater accessibility to persons with disabilities, under an agreement reached with the Justice Department in late April.
The settlement, filed with a complaint in U.S.
Late last year, the estate of an Oregon woman won a $50,000 settlement from the landlords that tried to evict her as she lay dying. Ms. Jones (a pseudonym) died of cancer on December 17, 1997, one month after she received an eviction notice from her landlords, Carolyn and Kenneth Smith. Her daughter continued the lawsuit in her name.
The Smiths attempted to evict Jones because her mother had moved in to care for her, and because she had too many visitors. The visitors included hospice workers and her daughter who attended school in California.
In a November 1998 Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decision, the Court affirmed the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission's final order in a fair housing complaint involving racial discrimination. The Commission had awarded $8,000 to Velentia Pipkin, an African-American woman whom white landlords denied an apartment. The Commission also handed down a $2,000 civil penalty.
Last December, a blind Chicago woman received a $27,000 to settle a lawsuit in which she alleged that landlords turned her away because she uses a guide dog. The December 4, 1998 settlement came nearly six months after Theresa DeLaFont filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Two Hartford, Connecticut rental property companies agreed to pay $60,000 to settle a family status discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee. The December 1998 settlement is the largest family status discrimination settlement in Connecticut's history.
In February, the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati branch of the NAACP settled a racial discrimination complaint against the Nationwide Insurance Companies. Under terms of the settlement, Nationwide agreed to establish a $500,000 low-interest loan program for home buyers and home owners. Nationwide will also contribute $750,000 to a program that encourages people to save money for home purchases.
The National Fair Housing Advocate, April 1999
Cincinnati HOME and NAACP get $1.25 million redlining settlement from Nationwide Insurance
HUD files new discrimination charges against Boston Housing Authority
In August, HUD Administrative Law Judge Thomas Heinz ordered a Buffalo landlord to pay $50,000 for berating and spitting upon an African-American woman who tried to rent an apartment in his building. The judgement includes $25,000 in compensatory damages and a $25,000 civil penalty.