2002 issues of The Advocate
Candida Campbell, a disabled woman from Clark County, Washington, was awarded $13,044 in damages as a result of a disability discrimination complaint filed with the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) against Timberlane Mobile Home Park located in Winlock, Washington. The park attempted to enforce a no-pets policy against Campbells service animal.
Campbell asserted that managers at Timberlane Mobile Home Park denied her residence because of her use of a service animal. Campbell suffers from severe migraine headaches.
The designers and developers of an Evanston, Illinois apartment complex will pay at least $1 million to correct defects in the complexs construction and settle a lawsuit charging them with discrimination against persons with physical disabilities. The September settlement resolves a December 2001 Justice Department lawsuit based on the investigative work of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, a disability rights group. Access Living and the U.S.
In August, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) approved a $22,200 settlement to resolve a complaint based on a landlords failure to reasonably accommodate a physically disabled resident. The settlement includes $18,500 paid to the complainant and $3,700 for attorney fees.
The United States Department of Justice settled fair housing claims against a Chicago area developer for $40,000 in damages, $3,000 in penalties, and an estimated $380,000 in retrofitting costs for a Naperville, Illinois apartment complex to make it accessible to persons with disabilities.
In February, the U.S. Department of Justice received a $350,000 settlement in a federal lawsuit against the developer, builder, engineer, and architect responsible for the design and construction of the Raintree Village Condominiums in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cocoa, Floridas Fair Housing Continuum (FHC) negotiated a settlement worth $1.5 million with the designers, builders, and developers of three condominium complexes on Floridas east coast. The April settlement includes the cost of retrofitting unit features at each complex and a $67,500 initial payment to the Fair Housing Continuum.
FHC found multiple design violations in the units and common areas at Shorewood Condominiums in Cape Canaveral, Ocean Oaks Condominiums in Brevard County, and Oleander Pointe Condominiums in Cocoa.
Earlier this year, Michael Scialabba, a disabled young man; his parents, James and Barbara Scialabba; and HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton, Illinois settled a federal lawsuit against the Sierra Blanca Condominium Number One Association in Hanover Park, Illinois, and ABC Property Managers, Inc.
An Idaho apartment complex that receives a project-based Section 8 subsidy from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban (HUD) agreed in June to pay $6,250 to a family with children that was denied a unit because of an overly restrictive occupancy policy.