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Blacks turned away from housing—again
     (FLORIDA, May 06, 2015) -- The Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, otherwise known as HOPE Inc., has filed two federal lawsuits against Creek Club and Nile Gardens apartments alleging racial discrimination.
     HOPE is a Florida nonprofit corporation that engages in testing for fair housing law violations and fights against discriminatory housing practices. It is funded by the United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD).
     HOPE’s investigation of Creek Club Apartments, located at 1434 NW 19th Terr. in Allapattah, and Nile Gardens Apartments, located at 12750 NW 27th Ave., in Opa-locka, included a series of tests, where representatives from HOPE visited each of the apartments to inquire about prices and availability. In each situation for both locations, black testers who posed as applicants were consistently told that units were not available. Later in the same day, Hispanic testers, who also posed as applicants, were told that units were available and they were taken to see the apartments. FULL STORY at frostillustrated.com

HUD charges Santa Fe, NEW MEXICO, Property owners with discrimination against tenant with diabilities
     (WASHINGTON, May 04, 2015) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging a Santa Fe, New Mexico landlord with housing discrimination for refusing to allow a renter with disabilities to keep her emotional support animal and to have her daughter reside with her. HUD’s charge further alleges that Paula Anderson threatened to evict the woman if she did not get rid of her support animal and have her daughter move out. The woman’s daughter provided her with disability-related assistance.
     The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices when a person with a disability requires such accommodations, including refusing to allow a live-in aide and refusing to grant waivers to “no-pet” policies for persons who require assistance or support animals. Additionally, the law makes it unlawful to make housing unavailable to any person because of a disability.
     “Housing providers need to understand that support animals are not pets, they provide persons with disabilities the stability needed to perform life’s everyday activities,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “The Fair Housing Act requires housing providers to grant reasonable accommodations and HUD is committed to taking action if they fail to meet that obligation.” FULL STORY at newmexico.realestaterama.com

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