Settlement over Spanish translators costs housing authority $18K

May 14, 2015
Hazleton Housing Authority agreed to pay $18,000 to settle allegations leveled by six Latino families who say the authority violated their civil rights by denying limited English proficiency services to Spanish-speaking individuals, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Wednesday.
     HUD officials said they reached a “conciliation agreement” with the local authority that settles allegations Hazleton Housing Authority violated housing rights of Spanish-speaking applicants and tenants by requiring them to supply their own interpreters to communicate with housing authority staff, according to a news release issued by HUD.
     Community Justice Project, a nonprofit public interest law firm, represented the families.