California fair housing group settles race, family, sex bias claim

Fair Housing Council of Central California
560 E. Shields Avenue, Suite 103 • Fresno, California 93704
Phone:  559/244-2950 • Fax: 559/244-2956 • Toll-Free: 888/498-FAIR (3247)

October 14, 2003

NEWS RELEASE

The Fair Housing Council of Central California and the former owners of the Huntington Woods Apartments located in southeast Fresno, have settled a housing discrimination complaint involving race, familial status, and sexual harassment for $35,000. The agreement also calls for the respondents to undergo fair housing training.

The settlement revolves around claims filed by the Fair Housing Council in United States District Court in November of 2003 alleging that the respondents, Charles and Holly Boyd, violated the Fair Housing Act by engaging in a pattern of practice against women on the basis of their sex, African-Americans on account of race, and families with children on account of familial status in the operation of the Huntington Woods Apartments.  The discriminatory acts alleged included but are not limited to: refusal to rent because of race, refusal to make regular maintenance repairs because of race, limiting the use of privileges and/or services because of race, and engaging in unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors in return for rent.

The Fair Housing Council of Central California, located in Fresno, is a private organization that facilitates equal access to apartments, homes, mortgage loans, and insurance policies for residents of the Central Valley.  As an operating member of the National Fair Housing Alliance, the FHCCC is dedicated to educating the housing industry and community in regard to state and federal housing laws, conducting research into the nature and extent of housing, lending, and insurance discrimination, and enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act to increase housing opportunities for all people.