January 8, 1987 |
Four fair-housing groups have been designated by the Delaware County Council to fight housing discrimination in the county. The groups, known as the Fair Housing Consortium, are to teach county residents what constitutes discrimination in housing and what remedies are available. A five-year plan was developed by the New Horizons Housing Opportunity Task Force, a 17-member board appointed by the County Council in May 1985 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
August 8, 2006 |
The U.S. Department of Justice yesterday sued Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling for housing discrimination, claiming he refused to rent apartments to blacks and families with children. Federal prosecutors contend that Sterling, his wife, Rochelle, and their family trust refused to rent to many prospective tenants, treated them poorly and misrepresented the availability of apartments to them in the city's Koreatown section. The defendants also are accused of refusing to rent to black prospective tenants in Beverly Hills as well as families with children looking to rent apartments that the defendants owned or managed in Los Angeles County.
January 13, 1994 |
Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. and the Tenants' Action Group of Philadelphia yesterday announced a joint campaign to end housing discrimination in the region. The announcement was made by officials of the tenants' group and its Fair Housing Action Center and Charles Fancher, vice president/communication and public affairs for PNI, which publishes The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. The campaign is designed to educate the public and the real estate community about laws that prohibit housing discrimination, TAG and PNI officials said.
April 28, 1993 |
April is National Fair Housing month. How many readers know that Philadelphia is the fourth most segregated urban county in the United States? According to 1990 census figures, 30 percent of the nation's African- American people lived in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, while in Philadelphia, 72 percent of African-American people live in neigjborhoods that are predominantly African-American. In the 25 years since the passage of the national Fair Housing Act, Philadelphia has become progressively more racially and ethnically segregated.
July 14, 2004 |
More than 35 years after the federal government made housing discrimination illegal, finding a place to live still means a battle against bias for millions of Americans. The distressing reality, said Melvin Alston, a North Carolina real estate agent on the NAACP's housing committee, is that "housing discrimination is alive and well. " The Washington-based National Fair Housing Alliance estimates that at least 3.7 million violations occur annually. While the post-9/11 housing market has grown ever more hostile toward those of Arab descent, African Americans experience more discrimination than any minority, reporting about 1.7 million cases a year.
February 13, 1998 |
Chester County's Office of Housing and Community Development is scrutinizing several municipal zoning laws to see if they lead to housing discrimination, said Barbara Wilson, director of the office. Wilson made the announcement during a fair housing conference her office hosted yesterday at the Government Services Center. Panelists included just about every local, state and federal agency that deals in housing discrimination complaints. Many of the people who attended deal with housing issues.
February 23, 2006
DURING Black History Month, we celebrate the many accomplishments of African-Americans across the nation. And it is with great sadness that we grieve the loss of the first lady of civil rights, Coretta Scott King. Let us not forget the legacy she and her husband advanced throughout their lives - one of equality for all Americans. While we have made great strides in the civil-rights arena, the sad reality is that discrimination still exists, even in housing. At times, the perpetrators can be so cunning that the majority of those discriminated against aren't even aware that it has occurred.
January 13, 1994 |
The newspaper advertisement was more likely to solicit giggles than anger. "Christian handyman wanted as tenant," it read, bringing to mind a stiff- necked Bible thumper. Yet, it was no laughing matter for Tim Kearney, director of the Philadelphia Fair Housing Action Center. The ad was one of many that Kearney and his staff had observed in the Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. And each violated the federal Fair Housing Act, they said. So, Kearney and members of the Tenant Action Group took their beef to Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., which publishes the papers.
October 4, 1992 |
When it comes to housing discrimination, Realtors say they've gone from being part of the problem to being part of the solution. Years ago, real estate salespeople would typically follow the wishes of the neighborhoods, steering some racial groups away from buying homes in certain areas while encouraging others. But then came federal fair-housing laws. And state and local statutes designed to halt housing discrimination. Slowly, practices began to change, though no one, not even the Realtors, will tell you that everyone today strictly adheres to those laws.
August 13, 1989 |
Homosexual residents of State College will continue to live without protection from housing discrimination because of the borough government's recent failure to enact a fair housing ordinance. On July 3, despite the threat of a veto by Mayor Arnold Addison, the seven- member borough council narrowly adopted an ordinance that paralleled state and federal laws but included no protection for homosexuals or poor people. As promised, the mayor vetoed the bill because he said he wanted an ordinance that protected all residents.