HUD CHARGES MASSACHUSETTS APARTMENT BUILDING OWNER WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the owner of a 24-unit apartment building in Holyoke, Massachusetts, with housing discrimination for denying units to families that have children. HUD’s charge alleges that Nilma Fichera, who owns and manages New York-based N.A.G. Realty, LLC, violated the Fair Housing Act when she refused to show or rent apartments to families with children because she could not certify that the building was free of lead-based paint.

HUD ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH NEBRASKA LANDLORD TO SETTLE HOUSING DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached a $22,500 settlement agreement with the owner and managers of at Cheyenne Villa Apartments, a 56-unit, HUD-assisted townhome complex in Sydney, Nebraska. The settlement resolves a complaint filed by a resident who uses a wheelchair and walker, who alleged that management the development failed to accommodate her request to transfer to the first available ground-floor unit. The resident also claimed that management denied requests for a parking space and a ramp to ease her access to her unit.

HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $40 MILLION IN GRANTS TO COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $41.18 million to 99 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination (see attached list of grantees). Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

HUD Regional Administrator and Assistant Secretary to Announce New LGBT Housing Rule

DENVER – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary John Trasvina, Rocky Mountain Region Administrator, Rick Garcia along with local government officials and fair housing groups will announce HUD’s new rule on housing. Utilizing its authority to promote decent housing and a suitable living environment for all, HUD has taken important steps to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons have equal access to housing and HUD programs. Additionally, HUD will announce a grant to the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) to fight housing discrimination.

Over $252,665 to Fight Housing Discrimination in Missouri

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it has awarded $252,665 to to Kansas City Missouri Human Relations Department (KCMOHRD), Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) and the St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (SLCREA) enforce fair housing laws and help communities and housing providers to better understand their fair housing rights and responsibilities.

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