March 28, 1993 |
A federal court trial date has been set for mid-June in the case of a paraplegic man's challenge of the township Zoning Hearing Board's refusal to grant him a variance to build an addition to his home. Township Solicitor Peter Rohanna said during Wednesday's commissioners' meeting that Judge Van Artsdalen was still considering Robert Pulcinella's request to add on to his property at 717 Mount Ave. Through attorney Clifford Boardman, Pulcinella is suing the township under the U.S. Fair Housing Act. "Why because of a car accident should my client be forced to lose his home?"
April 22, 1988 |
Despite his reservations about state regulations on the Fair Housing Act, West Deptford Mayor Kenneth R. Hinkle cast the deciding vote last night to require construction over the next six years of 296 low- and moderate-income housing units in the township. The 296 units are the township's quota set by the state legislation. Under the new ordinance, which was approved 3-2, a new development must set aside 20 percent of its units for low- and moderate-income housing in the form of condominiums.
June 17, 1988 |
Civil rights activist and former Georgia state Sen. Julian Bond yesterday called the Fair Housing Act of 1968 a "great failed effort" and he charged that the law has no teeth and has had little effect on discrimination in housing. "For many black potential homeowners, their biggest handicap isn't lack of income, but simple lack of opportunity caused by the failure of the fair housing" act, Bond said during a speech yesterday before the National Neighbors Conference. Bond, who rose to prominence during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, was the opening speaker at the fair-housing advocacy group's 19th annual conference, which is continuing through Sunday at Drexel University.
June 11, 1994 |
With victory in a federal appeals court yesterday, Project HOME may have finally won its four-year battle to build permanent housing for 48 formerly homeless people at 1515 Fairmount Ave. A three-judge panel unanimously upheld a federal judge's order that found the city violated the federal Fair Housing Act when it refused to issue a permit allowing the building to open. "We won!" said a jubilant Sister Mary Scullion, founder of Project HOME. She had fought, along with the U.S. Justice Department, for the right to open the single-room-occupancy home for 48 homeless people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions and mental illnesses.
September 19, 1993 |
Kathy and Paul Harvey knew what they were looking for when they went on a four-day, whirlwind house-hunting tour through Chester County last month. Because Paul had already taken a new position in Philadelphia, the couple was eager to find a place so Kathy and the couple's son, Ryan, 6, and daughter, Allison, 4, could move here from the West Coast. "There were several things that I wanted - a good school district, a little more land, a larger home than we had in California, and a sense of community," Kathy Harvey said.
October 1, 1992 |
Four years ago, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., was the darling of civil-rights groups for his strong advocacy of the Fair Housing Act. Now, many of those same groups are asking him to vote against appeals court nominee Francis Keating, the general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development who they say has blocked enforcement of the law. The Keating vote puts Specter in a ticklish position. He's in a tough race with Democrat Lynn Yeakel and has made an aggressive effort to woo African- American voters away from her. Specter yesterday said he had not had a chance to review all the documents on Keating and had not decided how he would vote.
November 5, 1993 |
In a strange case that even the judge says should not be in litigation, the U.S. Justice Department will argue today in federal court that the Rendell administration is violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to authorize a proposed housing facility for the homeless at 1515 Fairmount Ave. What makes it so strange is that the administration professes total support for the project - and could, in a virtual heartbeat, end the controversy....
October 1, 2006 |
Despite increases in homeownership by African Americans and Latinos, recent studies indicate that minority groups continue to face barriers to housing choice and affordability. A report by the National Association of Home Builders and the NAACP says the homeownership rate for African Americans remains nearly 20 percentage points below the national average. In addition, the report says, half of all African Americans live in unaffordable, inadequate or crowded housing. A shortage of workforce housing in many metropolitan areas creates especially severe problems for minorities, even those employed in key community-support occupations, such as police officers, teachers, firefighters, and health-care workers.
February 6, 1994 |
The Salt & Light Co. has won a legal victory in its long-running dispute with the township over a property that the affordable-housing group wants to use to shelter homeless people. Late last month, the Appellate Division of state Superior Court overturned a ruling by Burlington County Judge Harold B. Wells 3d that Salt & Light could not claim discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act. "I'm pleased that someone understood the issues from our side of things," said the Rev. Kent Pipes, executive director of Salt & Light, which is based in Mount Holly.
January 24, 1986 |
Camden City Council yesterday laid the foundation for the city to address some of its housing needs by approving proposals to seek $700,000 in grants from a legislative housing council created in response to the Mount Laurel II ruling. The two proposed grants are the first of several $350,000 grants that Camden hopes to qualify for through the Fair Housing Act, which created a housing council to take the issue out of the courts. The 1983 Mount Laurel II order mandated that growing suburban communities provide realistic opportunities for low- and moderate-income housing.