Online Alerts

DOJ Announces Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing

October 19, 2017    

The Justice Department recently announced a new initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing. The initiative specifically seeks to increase the department’s efforts to protect women from harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, security guards, and other...

Mississippi Real Estate Groups Settle Race Discrimination Complaint

October 19, 2017    

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) recently settled a fair housing complaint against real estate agents and their companies in Jackson, Miss., accusing them of racial discrimination against potential homebuyers.

Minnesota Landlord Charged with Discriminating Against Veteran with Assistance Dog

October 19, 2017    

HUD recently charged the owner and manager of a Minnesota apartment complex with discrimination for refusing to allow an Army veteran, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, to keep an emotional support animal.

COACH's Pop Quiz!

October 19, 2017    

Q: You could face a fair housing complaint for allowing only one occupant to live in studio units. True or false?

 

A: True. In October 2017, a court ordered the owner...

HUD: People with Mental Disabilities Face Significant Housing Discrimination

September 20, 2017    

People living with mental illness, and those with intellectual or other developmental disabilities, continue to face significant housing discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new HUD pilot study.

Washington Community Settles Claims of Discriminating Against Families with Children

September 20, 2017    

The owners and manager of three apartment buildings in Washington have agreed to pay $95,000 in damages and civil penalties to resolve a lawsuit charging them with refusing to rent to families with children, according to a recent announcement by the Justice Department.

Indiana PHA to Pay $70K to Settle Fair Housing Lawsuit

September 20, 2017    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has reached a settlement with the Housing Authority of the City of Anderson, Ind., which owns and operates 143 public housing units in the city, to resolve allegations that the housing authority discriminated against residents of these units on...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

September 20, 2017    

Q: It’s illegal to refuse to rent to any minority prospects, but you can’t get into fair housing trouble if you bend the truth about available units when they ask about vacancies. True or false?

 

Justice Dept. Sues L.A. to Recover Millions in HUD Housing Grants

August 17, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the City of Los Angeles and its former redevelopment agency, alleging that they fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in HUD housing grants by falsely certifying that the money was being spent in compliance with federal accessibility laws.

Farías Sworn in as HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

August 17, 2017    

Last week, Texas native Anna Maria Farías was sworn in as HUD’s new Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO).

Calif. Community to Pay $72K to Settle Complaint Involving Assistance Animal

August 17, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owners and managers of two California apartment complexes has agreed to pay $72,000 to resolve allegations of discrimination against a female resident with disabilities who requires an assistance animal.

HUD Announces Winners of 2017 Healthy Homes Awards

August 17, 2017    

Last month, HUD and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) announced that four model programs around the nation are recipients of the HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes, an award recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes. For the...