2002 issues of The Advocate
The city of East Palo Alto, California, will receive $151,000 in cash as well as attorneys fees in a settlement with American Savings Bank, a California lender purchased by Washington Mutual Bank in the late 1990s. In addition, the bank will provide the city with a $7 million revolving line of credit over seven years to aid the city in increasing the amount of affordable housing, with an interest rate of 5.25 percent.
The owners and former manager of a Mobile, Alabama apartment complex will pay $360,000 to settle a Justice Department lawsuit alleging racial and familial status discrimination. The defendants will pay $205,000 into a fund to be paid out to the currently unidentified victims of racial or familial status discrimination. The Mobile Fair Housing Center will receive $20,000 and will conduct testing of the defendants rental properties for at least one year following the settlement.
Deanna Watkins, one of the original complainants, will receive $85,000 in the settlement.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in July upholding a $125,000 judgment in a fair lending case from Detroit involving Flagstar Bank and allegations of racial discrimination.
After a fair housing legal battle spanning more than two decades, Housing Help, Inc. (HHI), a nonprofit housing developer in New York, has won the right to build a low to moderate income multifamily housing complex in the town of Huntington, New York.
The designers and developers of an Evanston, Illinois apartment complex will pay at least $1 million to correct defects in the complexs construction and settle a lawsuit charging them with discrimination against persons with physical disabilities. The September settlement resolves a December 2001 Justice Department lawsuit based on the investigative work of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, a disability rights group. Access Living and the U.S.
The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit has released $180,000,000 and Counting, a summary of the fair housing lawsuits filed and assisted by the private fair housing groups that make up the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). The publication covers fair housing lawsuits filed between 1990 and 2001. The report, released on June 22, is an update of the Centers annual report on recoveries in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts.
In addition to the compensatory damage award, the Jury notified United States Magistrate Judge Max O.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrative Law Judge Constance OBryant has ordered a Mississippi mobile home park owner to pay a $92,709.92 default judgment to resolve complaints of racial discrimination against him. The judgment awards $80,000 in emotional distress damages to two complainants, $1,709.92 in out-of-pocket expenses, and $11,000 in civil penalties.