1992 issues of The Advocate
HUD Administrative Law Judge Paul G. Streb has issued two consent orders in two family status cases, both for $5,000. The cases from Mann County, California and Renton, in Washington State, were settled in July. Both cases involved landlord policies against renting apartments above the ground floor to families with children.
Marin Landlord Pays for Tests
The Marin County settlement includes an agreement for the respondent to pay the Marin Fair Housing Program for three paired on-site tests each year for three years.
Two handicapped discrimination cases and two family discrimination cases were settled by HUD Administrative Law Judge William C. Cregar for a total of $23,500. The consent orders in the handicapped cases were from Brooklyn, N. Y. and Springfield, Ohio. One family discrimination case involved a mobile home park in San Jose.
The N Y Open Housing Center and 10 Black and Latin tester/plaintiffs, have settled an apartment testing case for $40,000. The suit, filed in April 1991 against Richard Parkoff and the Parkoff Organization based in Great Neck, New York, was resolved in October when Judge Mary J. Lowe approved a consent agreement reached by the parties.
For three years every third available apartment in eight buildings in the Pelham Parkway area of the Bronx and Dyckman/Inwood area of Manhattan will be set aside and listed with the Open Housing Center for a 7day priority period.
The Broward County, Florida, Human Relations Board has applied its local ordinance prohibiting age discrimination to a housing discrimination case. It ordered a condo association to pay $14,000 in damages and $15,000 in attorney fees.
Their ordinance includes an exemption for housing for older persons similar to the federal Fair Housing Act.
A Black Georgetown University law professor and two fair housing advocacy groups won separate awards of $850,000 and $150,000 from real estate firms they charged had violated fair housing laws with newspaper advertisements which had used only white models.
Law professor, Girardeau A. Spann, the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, and the Metropolitan Planning and Housing Association, had filed more than 40 complaints against D.C. area developers and advertising firms.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in October, upheld a $5,000 damage award for sex discrimination and reversed and remanded the case to hold the owner liable for the acts of the property manager.
The jury had returned a verdict against the professional realtor, who was ordered to pay the damages, but had cleared the owner of all charges and liabilities.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., has settled of a California housing discrimination lawsuit for $300,000. The payment to the plaintiffs is believed to be one of the five largest awards ever paid to victims of racial discrimination in the rental of housing.
The owner of a 40-unit apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley is paying $300,000 to two victims of racial discrimination.
The complaint was filed against the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the white Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as Michael Lowe and Charles W. Lee, acting in their official capacity as Grand Dragons.
The complaint, filed November 16, alleges that the Klan leaders tried to stop Black families from moving into an Orange County Housing Authority complex in Vidor, Texas.
The Fair Housing Information Clearinghouse is distributing a flyer describing three new resources to help people stay on top of fair housing issues.
1. They provide a free brochure to help discrimination victims choose between their options under the Fair Housing Act election process.
2. They offer an Americans with Disabilities Handbook for $10.