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Fair Housing Project2021-01-27T21:48:01-05:00

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Alex Raimos, a #LongIsland #NY landlord, is charged with housing discrimination by @HUDgov for refusing to rent to a mother and her daughter who has cerebral palsy and ordered to pay $70,641 in damages and a civil penalty. #FairHousing

Nathan Dykgraaf, owner and manager of 21 Palms RV Resort Park in #Davenport #FL is charged by @FHEO_HQ with discriminating against woman who is transgender based on her gender identity.

After the tenant began living publicly as a woman, Mr. Dykgraaf wrote her a letter stating:

One appraiser saw Shirley’s masks and drums. The other saw the same East Liberty house with all indications of Black ownership removed. Their appraisals came out $36,000 apart. The new @FHPPgh complaint adds to a national discussion of appraisal fairness. https://www.publicsource.org/unbalanced-pittsburgh-appraisal-bias-fair-housing-partnership-complaint-hud/

FHP has filed fair housing complaints at @FHEO_HQ alleging racial discrimination in the appraisal of a home in East Liberty within @Pittsburgh. Shirley Salmon-Davis, a Black women who owned the home, had her house appraised twice. #FairHousingAppraisals

Harrison Kinnane Smith’s art Sed Valorem art exhibit at the @mattressfactory within “making home here” show runs until April 10.

The exhibit explores how Black-owned homes are disproportionately overvalued for taxation and undervalued for accumulating personal wealth.

Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Alleging Disability Discrimination Against 38 Properties Nationwide. Learn more at: https://www.fhcci.org/news/

Melody Taylor, now known as the Executive Director of #PAVE but known to us as the previous Regional Director of @HUDMidAtlantic, recently testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs about the #PAVEActionPlan. #HUDR3

In Maryland, Prince George’s County has 64.4% Black alone population compared to 20.1% in the neighboring Montgomery County.

Jacqulyn Priestly and her husband spent $1.68 million building a home in PG County and their home was later appraised for $1.3 million. #AppraisalBias

The Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity (PAVE) Action Plan at @HUDgov announced an extraordinary effort to remove racial bias from home appraisals that deducts intergenerational wealth for Black and Latino homeowners. #FairHousing

Mozart Management is proposing a high-rise apartment complex at the intersection of South Aiken Ave and Claybourne St, across the street from UPMC Shadyside. 

FHP advocates for @Pittsburgh to ensure that the complex has affordable units and unit sizes of 2+ bedrooms. #AFFH

Last week Mayor @gainey_ed and Walnut Capital announced changes to the planned Oakland Crossings development.

Proposed is that 10% of the multifamily residential units will be affordable to households at 50% Area Median Income (AMI) which for a family of 4 is about $42,400.

The City of @Pittsburgh announced that its rental registry begins on May 29, 2022 and that rental properties have until December 31, 2022 to register.

“Housing really is at the core of every expression of racial inequality in America,” said Stephen Menendian @SMenendian, assistant director of @OandBInstitute @UCBerkeley

Redlining has been legally banned for over 50 years but its previous use is still felt in #Pittsburgh, PA

Robert Johnson is a Black man in Lisle, #Illinois. He has lived in his apartment with Finch & Barry Properties LLC since 2014. He is now being evicted because of a 2015 criminal charge that was dismissed in 2016. #FairHousing

Sed Valorem, an exhibit by Harrison Kinnane Smith at the @mattressfactory, personifies the racial disparity in home values. The exhibit includes two appraisals of the same home in Highland Park, one presented the homeowner as Black and the second presented the homeowner as white.

A home buyer’s personal appeal to a seller, commonly known as a “Love Letter” provides personal characteristics, such as a family photo, that allows for potential housing discrimination. @PARealtors

A $53 million agreement has been reached between the National Fair Housing Alliance and 20 local fair housing organizations, including @HOMEofVA within @HUDMidAtlantic, with @FannieMae. #FairHousing

FHP and Ashley Butler conciliated litigation with Sundo Capital, LLC, Michael Sundo, and Sladack Holdings, LLP.

The terms include $12,500 in financial compensation and a lease clause that allows survivors of domestic violence to terminate their lease to flee abuse. #FairHousing

In 1967, 3 years after the passage of The Civils Rights Act, 2 years after the passage of The Voters Rights Act and 1 year before the passage of The Fair Housing Act #MLK gave his “Where Do We Go From Here Speech,” and he said,

A $75,000 settlement between @TheJusticeDepart and the Housing Authority of the Town of Lone Wolf in #Oklahoma settled a complaint alleging that a Black mother and child’s housing application was denied due to their race. #FairHousing

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