1994 issues of The Advocate

National Meetings Calendar: HUD Reschedules 6 Forums To Aid Planning far Fair Housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has rescheduled in January and February, Symposia in six cities to help state, local and private officials to plan for affirmatively furthering fair housing.  A prior brochure said the forums will help "America's neighborhoods to overcome spatial separations and segregation."

Look for a new registration form in November, 1994.

11th Circuit Says Public Housing Applicants Can Challenge Site Selection

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled in June that two women who sued Florida's Okaloosa County, the Housing Authority and the Department of Housing and Urban Development had standing to allege violations of the federal Fair Housing Act.

That court reversed the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit stemming from the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority's effort to build 50 public housing townhomes.

"We felt all along we had a legal claim against the

Milwaukee Apartment Owners Agree to Pay $117,000

In what may be the largest settlement of its kind in this area, two Milwaukee brothers have agreed to pay more than $117,000 to settle a fair housing lawsuit that had accused them of racial discrimination in renting units at two apartment complexes they own on the Northwest side.

Dennis and Harold Gritzmacher, owners of Presidio Square Apartments, Presidio Lane, and Lincolnshire Apartments, Lincolnshire Blvd., agreed in September to pay $50,000 in civil penalties to the US government according to the Milwaukee Journal.

Late last year in the same case, the Gritzmachers

King County, WA Settles Cases for $24,500

The King County Office of Civil Rights and Compliance in Washington settled two fair housing cases alleging discrimination against families with children, including one of the largest such settlements reached in the region.

On June 13, 1994, the county obtained $2,000 dollars in damages from the owner, Charles Cosse' and former management personnel of the Canterbury Court Apartments near Lake Forest Park for a family subjected to unlawful discrimination.

After Real Estate Agent Taped Directive to Discriminate, Chicago Builders Settle Race Case for $935,000

Settlements of nearly $1 million were reached in a race discrimination case involving a housing developer whose company policy allegedly discriminated against blacks.

The settlements, which total $935,000, are the largest in a race discrimination case against homebuilders. The agreement was reached and presented to federal Judge George Marovich in August.

The plaintiffs were a black couple, a sales manager for the developer and the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities.


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