1995 issues of The Advocate
A federal district judge has ruled that a
Chicago area landlord may have to allow a tenant to move from the third floor to the first
floor to make a reasonable accommodation to her use of a wheelchair.
The plaintiffs, Karen Roseborough and her minor daughter Lindsey, leased a third floor
apartment at the Cottonwood Apartments in Mount Prospect, Illinois in September 1992. By
December 1992, Karen, who suffers from degenerative arthritis, had become ph ysically
disabled and dependent on use of a wheelchair. The plaintiffs are African-American.
The year was 1965, when Lee Porter and her husband, Richard, were escorted by a Fair Housing Council official to a home in Bergenfield.
The young black couple had been looking in Bergen County for months. Most times, they were steered to segregated areas.
When they found a home they wanted in the predominantly white area, neighbors were abusive and tried to discourage them from buying.
In a unanimous opinion, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled there was ample evidence to support the jury's conclusion that George and Elizabeth Green were discriminated against by the Rancho Santa Margarita Mortgage Co.
The $85,000 settlement, resolved a suit filed in July of 1993, alleging that the owners and operators of the Essex Manor apartments violated the Fair Housing Act. The suit alleged that the 150 unit complex systematically discriminated against Hispanics.
In March Buffalo's Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME)
announced the resolution of three separate fair housing complaints involving more than 500
units at the Kensington Village Apartments, the Amberleigh retirement Community, and
properties at sever al locations owned by Donald J. Reeves.
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
(BNI) has settled four- lawsuits alleging discriminatory advertising. The settlements will
result in $125,000 worth of affirmative efforts to recruit black residents to retirement
communities and payments of over $85,000 to BNI. The January settlements were of claims
against ESS Ventures, Inc., publisher of Baltimore Magazine and Mid-Atlantic
Country magazine, and Patuxent Publishing Company, publisher of the Towson Times
and several other newspa pers.