Pelham, NC, Landlord Order to Pay $36,000 for Race Discrimination

On April 10, 2014, a Virginia landlord with property in Pelham, NC, was ordered to pay $36,000 for discriminating against prospective African American tenants. The landlord, John Sylvania Matthews, III, resides in Danville, VA, and rents property in both Virginia and North Carolina. The case arose in September 2013, when an African American woman called him about a […]

City of Dubuque to End Discriminatory Residency Preference in Housing Program

On April 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had reached an agreement with the City of Dubuque, Iowa, to settle allegations that the City discriminated against African Americans in the administration of its Housing Choice (“Section 8″) Voucher Program. In a 2011 review, HUD had found that […]

Fair Housing & Sustainable Communities Conference, 4/24/14

Registration is now open for the Fair Housing and Sustainable Communities Conference, which will be held in Durham, North Carolina, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The conference will take place at Golden Belt , 807 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. The conference, including a continental breakfast, is free, but registration […]

DOJ Issues Technical Assistance on ADA

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has published two new technical assistance documents to assist individuals understand how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to their circumstances. The documents are: “Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices,” which provides guidance on the DOJ’s 2010 regulations regarding the […]

Study Finds Racial Discrimination in On-Line Advertising

A working paper released by two Harvard Business School professors found price discrimination in on-line listings on the Airbnb.com website, which advertises itself as “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.” According to the study, African Americans who listed housing for rent in New York charged (and […]

HUD Finds City of Dallas in Noncompliance with Fair Housing Laws

In a 29-page letter dated November 22, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found that the City of Dallas, TX, was in noncompliance with a number of fair housing and civil rights laws. The finding came as a result of a complaint filed by Curtis Lockey and Craig MacKenzie, affordable housing developers, who had […]

HUD, Deutsche Bank Subsidiary Settle Lending Discrimination Case

On November 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had reached a settlement with MortgageIT, Inc., Deutsche Bank subsidiary, regarding claims that the lender had discriminated in making mortgage loans. HUD had alleged that the lender discriminated against African American and Hispanic borrowers with practices that led to African Americans and […]

NC residential segregation affects housing, environmental justice, education

A September 2013 report by the UNC Center for Civil Rights examines the connection between residential segregation in North Carolina and access to essential services and opportunities. “The State of Exclusion: An Empirical Analysis of the Legacy of Segregated Communities in North Carolina” maps the potential impacts of “community exclusion” in five areas: housing, environmental […]