Tenants win $250,000 in Section 8 lawsuit

August 12, 1998
The former owner of a Renton apartment complex has agreed to pay $250,000 in damages to tenants and former tenants after a federal judge ruled low-income residents were discriminated against because they were primarily black women in one-parent households and recipients of federal housing subsidies.
     The money from Avalon Ridge Apartments will be shared among at least 20 households that filed a class-action lawsuit against Sunpointe Associates.
     The women - all beneficiaries of Section 8, a federal housing program that provides monthly rental subsidies to low-income residents - received notices in summer 1996 informing them that they could no longer live at the apartment complex. They reportedly had made their monthly rental payments on time and were good tenants.