2002 issues of The Advocate
The United States Department of Justice settled fair housing claims against a Chicago area developer for $40,000 in damages, $3,000 in penalties, and an estimated $380,000 in retrofitting costs for a Naperville, Illinois apartment complex to make it accessible to persons with disabilities.
In June 1997, Ector went to pay his rent at Epernay Apartments. The rental manager, Tamala Daniels, asked Ector if he had been dating white women.
A federal jury in Alabama awarded an African American real estate agent $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages in April. The award was against Montgomery real estate company Lowder Realty in a racial discrimination case. The agent, P.R. Hall, charged the company with steering business to real estate agents based on race.
The jury found that Walter Case discriminated against Lisa Lincoln and Don Weaver, an interracial couple who had attempted to rent an apartment in November 1999.
Earlier this year, Michael Scialabba, a disabled young man; his parents, James and Barbara Scialabba; and HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, Illinois settled a federal lawsuit against the Sierra Blanca Condominium Number One Association in Hanover Park, Illinois, and ABC Property Managers, Inc.
In February, the U.S. Department of Justice received a $350,000 settlement in a federal lawsuit against the developer, builder, engineer, and architect responsible for the design and construction of the Raintree Village Condominiums in Las Vegas, Nevada.
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrative Law Judge Robert Andretta has ordered a Mississippi man to pay $135,040 for threatening and intimidating an African American family. Chris Hope made violent threats and told Michael and Pamela Keys, an African American couple with three children, that he and his neighbors did not want African Americans in his neighborhood.
Andretta's May 8, 2002 order awarded $125,000 to the Keys and $7,500 to real estate agent Katherine Beard for the "intangible harm" of Hope's discrimination.