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National groups sue Florida city over 'independent living' requirement

By Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

(SANIBEL, Fla., August 7, 2003) -- Two national advocacy groups have sued a Florida city, its low-income housing program and the program's director for evicting an elderly man the director believed was unable to care for himself.

Attorneys for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C., filed the suit in federal court in Florida on Thursday on behalf of Howard Symons, an 82-year-old tenant of the city's "Below Market Rate Hous

City, group home reach 'bittersweet' settlement

By Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

(SEDONA, Ariz., July 14, 2003) -- Operators of a group home in Sedona, Ariz., will receive more than half a million dollars from the city in a settlement their attorney calls a "bittersweet victory."

It's "bittersweet" because, while the settlement gets the operators out of debt and out of a situation that was draining their resources, it also means that they will abandon the site they were hoping to use for a group home for individuals recovering from substance abuse.

In late 2002, Recovery Alternatives, an

Nevada disability rights activist dead at 55

Aug. 5, 2002
by Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

Ronald Ray Smith, the colorful and sometimes cantankerous "Enforcer" of civil rights for people with disabilities in Nevada, died on July 16 at his Las Vegas home.

He was 55.

Smith was the technical adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Disabled Rights Action Committee ("DRAC"), a Utah-based non-profit organization whose mission includes enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the accessibility provisions of the Fair Housing Act.

HOME, Nationwide settle race case

April 24, 2000
by Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

(RICHMOND, Va., April 24, 2000) -- Faced with the uncertainty of an impending Virginia Supreme Court decision, Nationwide Insurance and a Virginia fair housing organization have settled their long-standing race discrimination lawsuit for at least $17.5 million.

Va. court agrees to reconsider Nationwide case

March 3, 2000
by Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

(RICHMOND, Va., March 3, 2000) -- The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider its decision to throw out a historic $100 million discrimination verdict against Nationwide Insurance, a move one attorney is calling a "good sign."

The court issued a two-sentence ruling Friday saying it had withdrawn its original ruling and would schedule another hearing.

Va. court throws out historic verdict

Jan. 15, 2000
by Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

(RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 15, 2000) -- A split Virginia Supreme Court Friday overturned a historic judgment against an insurer sued by a private fair housing group for discriminating against African-American neighborhoods in Richmond.

Still, the director of the group said Friday, "we would do the whole thing again in a heartbeat."

Peoples confirmed as Assistant Secretary for FHEO

By Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2002) -- The Senate has confirmed Carolyn Peoples, President George W. Bush's nominee for Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That post, which answers directly to HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, has been vacant since Bush took office in January 2001.

GAO looking into accessibility controversy

Jan. 5, 2000
by Tracey McCartney
National Fair Housing Advocate Online

Three U.S. Senators have asked the General Accounting Office to find out how the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development chooses what agencies will receive money to investigate whether builders have violated a federal law regarding access for people with disabilities.

The request is the result of complaints from architects and builders who have been sued by fair housing advocates over their failure to comply with that law.

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