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Opening Acts Newsletter: June 5, 2013

FHJC Welcomes Kumiki Gibson as New Executive Director The Board of Directors of the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Kumiki Gibson, a dedicated and experienced civil rights lawyer, as its Executive Director. Prior to joining the FHJC, Ms. Gibson served as Commissioner of the New York State Division […]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: May 29, 2013

FHJC Investigation Uncovers Discrimination in Senior Living Residences On May 29, 2013, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) filed a lawsuit in federal court (S.D.N.Y.) alleging that the owners and managers of five independent senior living residences with more than 600 apartments discriminate on the basis of disability, religion, and race. The FHJC alleges that […]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: May 2, 2013

Bronx Co-op Community Welcomes All Buyers Discriminatory Reference Rule Abolished May 1, 2013, District Court Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. approved a settlement between the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and the Edgewater Park Owners Cooperative, Inc. (EPOC). The agreement resolves a lawsuit filed in February 2010 in which the FHJC alleged that two housing […]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: April 29,2013

FHJC Investigation Exposes Racial Bias at Bay Ridge Apartment Building April 29, 2013 The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and three African American testers filed a lawsuit in federal district court (E.D.N.Y.) alleging that the owners and managers of an apartment building in Brooklyn discriminate against African American renters. This case resulted from an undercover testing […]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: April 25, 2013

FHJC Uncovers Separate and Unequal Track at LeFrak On April 25, 2013, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and a woman living with AIDS who applied to rent an apartment at the 5000-unit LeFrak City complex filed a lawsuit in federal district court (S.D.N.Y.) alleging that one of the nation’s largest landlords discriminates on the […]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: April 18, 2013

19 Buildings, But No Apartments for African Americans On April 18, 2013, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and four African American testers filed a lawsuit in federal district court (E.D.N.Y.) alleging that the owners and managers of multiple apartment buildings discriminate against African American renters. The case resulted from an investigation conducted by the […]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: March 19, 2013

FHJC Settles Discrimination Case with NYC Realty Firm On March 15, 2013, federal Judge Deborah Batts signed a settlement agreement resolving FHJC’s housing discrimination lawsuit against Bond NYC Properties Brokerage (Bond), a realty company with over 300 agents. The settlement provides extensive injunctive relief and a total monetary recovery of $212,500. In the settlement, Bond […]

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Accessible Housing Workshop Dates for 2013 Announced

Accessible Housing Workshop Dates scheduled for April 11th and December 12th, 2013 Under the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act passed in 1988, new multifamily residential buildings (built since March 1991) are required to be designed and constructed to provide access to people with disabilities. Despite the existence of these requirements, rental, condominium, and co-op buildings […]

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Press Release: December 5, 2012

FHJC Rental Testing Reveals Race Discrimination New York, NY – On December 5, 2012, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and three African American testers filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the owner and manager of a 107-unit apartment building located in Sunnyside, Queens discriminate against African American renters. The lawsuit is based on the results of […]

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Opening Acts Newsletter: October 26, 2012

Realty Firms Resolve Housing Discrimination Complaints During 2008 and 2009, New York City real estate agents repeatedly refused to show apartments to a homeless man with disabilities who had income from SSI and a Fixed Income Advantage Voucher (FIAV) upon learning that he did not work and received a rental subsidy and disability-related benefits. The FHJC assisted the […]

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