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Housing authority settles disability claim for $760,000

(Bridgeport, CT, Dec. 06, 2007) In 2002, an administrative complaint was filed with the state commission when the Bridgeport Housing Authority incorrectly informed Thomas Matyasovszky that despite his disability status he was not eligible to live at Fireside Apartments because he was under 62 years of age. Under HUD guidelines, Fireside was funded for and intended to house both elderly and disabled tenants (which would include those under 62 as well).

Now five years later, the issue has finally been resolved and not just for Mr.

Plaintiff receives highest-ever damage award after discriminatory statements

(CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 8, 2007) -- Sheila White, a Single Mother of two who has assiduously worked her way through HUD’s Administrative Adjudication Process for the past nine years, is now at the threshold of receiving compensation for her injuries. After having been told in August of 1998 that she couldn’t rent Respondent Gertie Wooten’s apartment because she has two “children but no husband” and working with HUD through its inadvertently-attentuated investigation which concluded with HUD’s April, 2001 Charge of Discrimination, Ms.

Fair housing case settled

(Kansas City, MO, Jul. 30, 2007) The Kansas City Human Relations Department recently settled a fair housing complaint in which the complainants alleged that they were denied a disabled parking space within reasonable walking distance of the entrance to their condominium. The complainants, Oswald and Maurine Pederson, received $10,000 as part of a settlement negotiated by the department.

Local Groups Say Federal Decision to Strike Down Discriminatory Anti- Immigrant Law in Hazelton Applies to Bridgeport Ordinances

(Montgomery County, PA , Jul. 27, 2007) Local advocacy groups hailed yesterday’s federal court decision that held that Hazelton’s anti immigrant ordinance is unconstitutional and said it means similar ordinances adopted by the Borough of Bridgeport are also unenforceable.

Last fall the Borough of Bridgeport adopted ordinances which required all tenants to register and prohibited renting to illegal aliens as well as prohibiting employing undocumented workers.

“Failure to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” Lawsuit Permitted to Proceed

For Immediate Release

Contact: Craig Gurian, 212-655-5790

Westchester County’s Attempt to Dismiss False Claim Act Case Denied by Federal Judge

In a decisive ruling, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Denise Cote has denied Westchester County’s motion to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit brought by the Anti-Discrimination Center.

Single mother tells ALJ and HUD Secretary: "Do Your Job"

(Chicago, IL, May. 29, 2007) -- In what is believed to be the first such case filed under the Fair Housing Act, a civil rights victim has filed suit in federal court, seeking issuance of the extraordinary Writ of Mandamus for HUD’s continuous failure of enforcement.

Mandamus is an infrequently-utilized common-law remedy (now codified in several statutes, among them, 28 U.S.C. Chapter 85 [Action to Compel an Officer of the United States to perform his duty]).

Mobile Home Park Sued for Housing Discrimination

(Chester County, PA, Apr. 24, 2007) Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia and Chester County Homeowner File Federal Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Loags Corner Mobile Home Park and Horning Farm Agency, Inc.

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2007

Contact: James Berry, Executive Director
Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia
610-604-4411

The Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia (FHCSP) and Glenn Brown filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Philadelphia against Loags Corner Mobile Home Park and Horning Farm Agency, Inc.

Seventh Circuit reverses HUD ALJ in Complainant-Intervener's Appeal

Contact: Leslie Matlaw at (312) 804-3527 or send_2_leslie@hotmail.com.

For the first time since the passage of the Fair Housing Act, a Complainant has successfully challenged HUD’s administrative dismissal of her claims after a hearing on the merits. In Sheila White v. HUD, Number 05-1252, the Seventh Circuit reversed HUD ALJ Robert A. Andretta’s finding that Ms. White was not discriminated against in her housing search. In August of 1998, Ms.

Fair Housing Council of OC Settles Discrimination Case with Anaheim Apt. Complex

 (Santa Ana, Calif., Feb. 08, 2007) The Fair Housing Council of Orange County announced today that the non-profit agency has reached a $15,000 settlement in a housing discrimination case against the owner and onsite manager of the Palais Apartments, as well as Paolo’s Property Management, the company that manages the 28-unit complex in Anaheim, California.

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