November 15, 1999
The Fair Housing Council of Central New York Inc. has filed a complaint against Johnsons Mobile Home Park in the Cayuga County Town of Aurelius, alleging that the park illegally restricts children from residing there. In a complaint filed last week with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Council charged the mobile home park with violating the Federal Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent to families with children and publishing discriminatory advertising.
Undercover investigators for the Council were told by park owner Joseph Johnson that "Children are nothing but trouble," and that ". . . they can visit but they cant live here."
One investigator for the Council was told that tenants must be "in their late 20's or so" to qualify to live at Johnsons Mobile Home Park. The published advertisements, which ran for more than a year, referred to the park as an "Adult Mobile Home Park" and said, "Adult park, always peaceful."
"Mobile home parks provide affordable housing, which is just what many young families need," said Merrilee Witherell, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council. "This law was created to give families with children equal housing opportunities and to prevent this type discrimination."
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Merrilee Witherell, Executive Director
Fair Housing Council of CNY: 315-471-0420