Winnetka, IL

Mother awarded $26,500 for discrimination

February 16, 1999
Single mother of one, Ms. D., awarded $26,500 by a U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Department Administrative Law Judge after being told by a property manager that they do not rent to families with children. On December 1, 1998, the judge rendered a default judgement against the previous owners and manager of 7920 Caldwell in Niles, IL. After receiving the complaint in October 1996, Interfaith Housing Center assisted Ms. D. in filing a fair housing complaint with H.U.D. H.U.D.'s investigation revealed an admitted policy of not renting to families with children. The respondents were found to have discriminated against the woman and Interfaith Housing Center based upon familial status in violation of 42 U.S.C.§ 3604 (a) and (c).

Coldwell Banker settles "empty nester" dispute

September 18, 1998
On September 4, 1998, Coldwell Banker agreed to a settlement with Interfaith Housing Center in response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of HUD in February of 1998. The complaint was based upon an advertisement for a unit in a Highland Park complex -- described as an "adult townhome". Interfaith’s contention was that the language in the ad was discriminatory, discouraging families with children from moving to the complex and frustrated the agency’s efforts and activities to ensure open housing in the Northern Suburbs.
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