1998 issues of The Advocate
The Housing Discrimination Project (HDP) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, recently settled two housing discrimination cases. The first case involved racial, national origin, and family status discrimination in Hampden County, Massachusetts. The second case involved racial and family status discrimination in Worcester County, Massachusetts.
In the first case, HDP and two former employees of the complex in question settled their federal lawsuit for $45,000. Each of the former employees received $16,250 and the HDP received $12,500.
The agreement, filed together with a complaint in U.S.
Bill Lann Lee, a civil rights attorney who most recently worked with the NAACP, was appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights by President Clinton in December. Clinton made the appointment during a congressional recess because the Senate did not confirm Lee before its members went home for the December holidays.
Because he was appointed this way, Lee can begin work at the Department of Justice almost immediately, without Senate confirmation.
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Administrative Law Judge Robert Andretta approved a settlement in a fair housing disability complaint in July 1997. The settlement involved discrimination against a mentally disabled women who was told that she must give up her service animal or face eviction.
Complex tried to make woman give up her service dog by threatening eviction
Diane Rowe, a woman who suffers from severe depression and agoraphobia, won $11,000 from Vista Hills Arms Apartments in Portland, Oregon.
CityCouncil member opposed allowing mentally disabled tenants to live in building
In September 1996, in adisability discrimination case handled by the HDP, Bertha Regish, an 89-year-old residentof Northampton, Mass., won a wheelchair ramp, modifications to her apartment and $3,500 inattorney's fees from Meadowbrook Apartments, the apartment complex where she has lived formore than 20 years.
Stroke impaired woman's mobility
Accordingto Judy Fester of the Division, this was the first accessibility case pursued by the stateof Colorado against a developer.