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Couple agree to pay $850k after being accused of refusing to rent apartments to black families because they 'decreased value of property'
(Massillion, Ohio, Aug. 26, 2014)
-- An Ohio couple accused of refusing to rent apartments to black people because they 'decrease the value of the complexes' have agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a lawsuit.
John and Mary Ruth, who own three apartment complexes in Massillon, 20 miles south of Akron, had also been accused of discriminating against families with children, allegedly telling managers they 'should be restricted to basement or first floor units.'
The couple have now agreed to pay $650,000 in damages and legal fees to a number of plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Stark County, former residents and employees.
FULL STORY at dailymail.co.uk
Little Rock apartment complex owners accused of latino discrimination
(WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014)
-- The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission has issued a determination that there is reasonable cause to believe that apartment owners in Little Rock subjected Latino applicants to discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The findings result from an in-depth investigation of a complaint filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance in October of 2013 with the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission (AFHC) against Bailey Properties, et al. for refusing to rent to Latinos and discriminating in the conditions or terms of rental based on national origin.
Bailey Properties operates as part of BSR Trust, LLC, which owns and operates close to 19,000 apartments throughout the southeastern United States.
“We were stunned by the consistent pattern of discrimination our investigation uncovered,” said Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of NFHA. “People in Little Rock deserve fair treatment when looking for housing, regardless of their national origin. This determination by the AFHC confirms the need for justice, and we urge Bailey Properties to come forward and change their practices so this never happens again.”
FULL STORY at arkansasmatters.com
Housing Authority approves rent reform study
(LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 20, 2014)
-- Some Section 8 Louisville recipients will soon be asked to begin paying a minimum rent of $50 a month.
The board of commissioners for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority unanimously approved a rent reform study Tuesday that will initiate a minimum rent for selected residents for the first time. However, unlike the controversial original proposal, those selected will be able to opt out.
The authority originally proposed a rent reform study that included a $75 minimum rent, did not allow recipients to opt out of the study, and stripped those participating of all deductions including the one parents can use for childcare that can lower the level of income used to determine their rent.
The revised rent reform study allows residents to opt out, reduces the minimum rent by $25, and excludes those who currently receive the childcare deduction from the group eligible for the study. About 10 percent of those eligible for the study currently receive the deduction.
FULL STORY at courier-journal.com
Kent State accused of housing discrimination
(KENT, Ohio, Aug. 20, 2014)
-- Government officials are accusing Ohio’s Kent State University of housing discrimination, alleging it refused to let a student with disabilities keep a dog as an emotional support animal in her campus apartment.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the charges Tuesday against the university and four employees. The complaint says the student got a dog in 2009 to help with panic and anxiety disorders.
A department statement says the Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices when a person with a disability requires it.
FULL STORY at indeonline.com