1999

1999 issues of The Advocate

Pennsylvania trailer park operators agree to settle family status discrimination case

In November, the owners of a mobile home park near Erie, Pennsylvania agreed to pay $9,250 to settle discrimination charges that alleged a family with minor children was kept out of the park.  The family denied space at the mobile home park moved into a small apartment and said that they will use the settlement as a down payment on a house.

According to complaints filed with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Henry and Elizabeth Lorence refused to allow Scott and Karen Muffie and their two young daughters to move into the park.

Blind woman and roommate receive $25,000 settlement from Louisville complex

In December, the owners and managers of a Louisville apartment complex agreed to pay $25,000 to a blind woman, her roommate, and the Kentucky Fair Housing Council to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit.  The property owners also agreed to have all of their staff attend fair housing training within six months of the settlement date.

Philadelphia landlord agrees to pay $725,000 for restricting families with children to basement apartments

In August, The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Tenants' Action Group reached an agreement with prominent  real  estate  owner  Michael  Karp.  Karp will pay a $725,000 cash settlement to the plaintiffs. The agreement will ensure that families with children will not be forced to live in the basement apartments at any one of  Karp's  Philadelphia area apartment complexes.

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