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Ignorance proves costly for New York rental agency

Contact: Joe Wincze, Fair Housing Association of Connecticut

(Bridgeport, CT, Dec. 07, 2004) "Ignorance is no excuse for violating the law" is a common expression which certainly rings true for a New York firm when they denied a Bridgeport, CT woman an opportunity to rent an apartment this past February. The woman was denied because she did not have cash upfront for security deposit.

EHOC and IMPACT Sue Granite City Housing Authority for Lack of Accessibility

September 30, 2004
Contact: Will Jordan

Executive Director

(314) 534-5800
(800) 555-3951

For Immediate Release

Alton, Illinois - Executive Director Will Jordan of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) and Executive Director Cathy Contarino of IMPACT Inc. Center for Independent Living announced today that they have filed a suit in United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against the Granite City Housing Authority and Environs Architects for violations of the Fair Housing Act. Attorney Thomas E.

Bridgeport, Ct., agent pays $7,500 to settle housing bias complaint

 (Bridgeport, CT, Sep. 21, 2004) Lawana Ettison of Bridgeport,CT desired to rent a 3-bedroom apartment which had been advertised in the local newspaper in the spring of 2003. At the time, however, she claims the real estate agent would not allow her to use her Security Deposit Guarantee provided by the Connecticut Department of Social Services in the rental of this unit. Specifically, Ms.

Familial status/Section 8 suit settled for $7,500

DATE: September 12, 1996
CONTACT: Mark Lattanzi, 413-539-9796


Deborah Whitten settled her federal housing discrimination lawsuit against the Country Garden Apartments in Southampton this week for $7,500. The suit alleged discrimination based on familial status -- having children -- and receipt of a Section 8 housing subsidy. As part of the overall settlement of the lawsuit, Ms.

Quakertown Mobile Home Park Pays $32,500 to Settle Housing Discrimination Complaint


Contact: Jim Berry, Executive Director
August 6, 2004   Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia

The Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia (FHCSP) and Frank and Laura Mercon settled an administrative complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Housing and Equal Opportunity naming Rennels Property Management in violation of the Fair Housing Act. 

Marlin Court, a mobile home

Section 8 bias complaint with Ct. landlord settles for $8,000

 Contact: Joe Wincze, Fair Housing Assn. of CT, (203)576-8323

(Bridgeport, CT, Jul. 23, 2004) -- Vanessa Torres of Bridgeport,CT became upset when she learned her application for rental housing had been rejected because she didn't meet the income requirements the landlord had set. Normally, income requirements would be understandable; but Ms. Torres had a Section 8 voucher and the majority of the rent for the $850/month 2-bedroom apartment would have been paid by the Section 8 Office.


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