2003 issues of The Advocate
In November 2002, the owner of a Marin, CA agreed to pay $70,000 to a family and Fair Housing of Marin (FHM), a private nonprofit fair housing agency. The Consent Decree resolved claims that the landlord placed overly restrictive rules on children at his apartment complex. The names of the parties involved remain confidential, according to the Decree.
The family and FHM filed the federal lawsuit to challenge the rules at the complex that kept the playground closed, except during school hours, and prohibited children over the age of 10 from using the playground equipment.
A condominium association and its management company that allegedly prohibited children from playing outside at their Pico Rivera, California homes, will pay $130,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit. The court also issued a permanent injunction against rules that unduly restrict childrens activities.
The Housing Rights Center, along with Adele Samorano and seventeen other Plaintiffs, sued the condominium association and property management company, Baldwin Management, in federal court in August 2001.
In a case where the management staff of an apartment complex in Gardenia, California allegedly told an expectant mother over the phone that it would not accept families with children because it was a seniors only complex, a federal judge has issued a Consent Decree and Final Order directing the owner to pay $51,000 and enter into a two-year fair housing program.
The City Commission of Daytona Beach, Florida agreed in March to give up a yearlong fight against a home for recovering drug and alcohol addicts. The City will pay $100,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit.
The settlement approved by commissioners includes $60,000 for attorney fees and costs. Michael Gardner, owner of the home, will split $6,000 with 10 clients. Hearthstone Foundation, a nonprofit company that operates the home, will get $34,000.
The owners and managers of an apartment complex in Hartford, Connecticut have agreed to pay $35,000 to the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC) to resolve a federal lawsuit alleging housing discrimination.
Shirley Stevens, an African American woman from Cook County; the South Suburban Housing Center (SSHC); and two of the Centers African American testers agreed to the terms of a February 2003 Consent Order to settle a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by John Gronski, Sr. and Mary Gronski, the owners of several rental properties in suburban Chicago. The Defendants agreed to pay $45,000 in cash for Plaintiffs damages and attorneys fees.
The Department of Justice settled a lawsuit with the architectural firm of Hite/MSM, P.C. regarding violations of the federal Fair Housing Act. Under the consent decree, Hite will pay $415,000 toward making retrofits to add accessibility features to the complexes and $20,000 to four individuals who were harmed by the lack of accessibility features.
A single mother will receive a total of $18,000 in damages and attorney fees to settle a federal housing discrimination lawsuit against the owners and manager of Halewood Manor, an apartment complex in Gallatin, Tennessee. Under the terms of the settlement, the owners and manager of the complex also will receive training on the Fair Housing Act and will refrain from violating state and federal fair housing laws.
The lawsuit alleges that Angela Woodard was denied an apartment at the complex on several occasions because she has a small child.
Ronald Ray Smith, the colorful and sometimes cantankerous Enforcer of civil rights for people with disabilities in Nevada, died on July 16 at his Las Vegas home.
United States District Judge Phyllis Hamilton approved the January 2003 settlement of a housing discrimination case brought by Frances Foster, a person with disabilities, who alleged that she was discriminated against by the City of Richmond Housing Authority. Foster will receive $54,500 in damages and attorneys fees.
Housing authority wouldnt allow disabled persons to apply for public housing units
Foster filed her lawsuit, because she was not allowed to apply for a spot on the Richmond Housing Authoritys public housing waiting list.