Child Discrimination Suit Filed

South Suburban Housing Center
Homewood, Illinois

South Suburban Housing Center, the Homewood, Illinois, based fair housing organization serving the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago, has filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois, alleging that a Flossmoor apartment of the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.

Names as defendants in the suit filed on March 14, 1996, are the owners of the partment building located at 2643 Flossmoor road and Suburban Properties, Ltd., a South Holland based rental management firm and its agent Dorothy Kreps.

The allegations are based on evidence obtained by an investigation conducted by SSHC that used fair housing testers posing as prospetive renters. During contacts made with rental agent Kreps, testers were informed that no children or pets were permitted in this apartment building. The rental agent refused to make an appointment to show an available apartment to a tester who revewaled that she was seeking the apartment for herself, her husband and two children.

Injunctive and remedial relief is being sought by SSHC to stop future acts of discrimination against families with children and to remedy any past effects of the defendants' practices. SSHC is represented by Chicago attorney Jeffrey L. Taren, partner in the law firm of Kinoy, Taren, Geraghty and Potter, P.C.