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HUD Finally Issues Rule Formalizing Standard On Discriminatory Effect In Housing

On February 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a final rule, “Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Discriminatory Effects Standard. The rule formalizes a national standard for determining whether a housing practice violates the Fair Housing Act as the result of a discriminatory effect. The rule goes into effect [..]

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Illinois Senate Passes Historic Marriage Bill On Valentine’s Day

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Road to extending Section 8 protection in Cook County Illinois

Yesterday, Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia gave an interview on Chicago’s WBEZ radio about the Housing Choice Voucher program. (HCV). The commissioner is working together with housing advocates to amend the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance (CCHRO) to include protections for housing choice voucher holders. The Ordinance currently protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of [..]

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Discrimination because of Aids continues…

On December 4, 2012, Housing works reported a landmark decision that found NYC’s second largest realtor guilty of housing discrimination against people living with AIDS.  District Court Judge Samuel Conti ruled in Short v. Manhattan Apartments, Inc. that two New York City Realtors, Manhattan Apartments, Inc. (MA) and Abba Realty Associates, Inc. (Abba), discriminated against Keith Short [..]

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HUD Kicks Off Fair Housing Month Declaring 2010 a “Time to Act”

In an April 1st press release, HUD highlighted its achievements from last year and proclaimed its continuing commitment to ensure Fair Housing for all in the year to come. “Discrimination based on how you look, the religion you practice, or because you have children or are disabled is illegal and unacceptable,” said John Trasviña, Assistant [..]

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ACLU suit accuses Morgan Stanley of fair housing discrimination

The Wall Street Journal reports that American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit on behalf of Michigan Legal Services, a non-profit community advocacy group, and five individual Detroit residents against Morgan Stanley. The ACLU alleges that Morgan Stanley provided critical funding to New Century Financial Corp., a now-defunct subprime lender, and encouraged lending tactics that [..]

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Round and Round the “Steering” Wheel Goes for Allentown, Pennsylvania

As we have reported previously, discrimination is alive and well in our communities, as the community of Allentown, Pennsylvania, discovered. The Morning Call, a local newspaper, reports that a housing “sting” operation revealed that real estate agents treated white and minority home buyers differently in 73 percent of cases, steering white buyers to the suburbs [..]

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SunTrust $21Million Settlement with DOJ

This past Thursday, Businessweek covered a massive settlement in a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in SunTrust’s lending practices. The suit, filed by the US DOJ, was filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, VA, alleging more than 20,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers were charged more than similarly-situated and qualified non-Hispanic white borrowers, between [..]

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Housing Discrimination Alive and Well in the 21st Century

Some people are in denial that in this day and age, discrimination simply does not exist anymore. Taking things at face value, one can see how an individual may be lulled into a false sense of security – legislation designed to protect minorities, affirmative action, et cetera, exist for the advancement of colored peoples in [..]

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