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Discrimination!? Ethnic, Racial Bias by Manufactured Home Community Investigated – Investors and Community Owner Alert

February 21st, 2019 Comments off

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Keenya Robertson is a fair housing advocate and the President of Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE).  She said “Something is not right,” per Yahoo News.

 

People are being treated differently because they are from a different country.  That is a violation of the Fair Housing Act,” Robertson said, according to Local 10 News.

 

 

It’s an issue that may not seem to some to be discriminatory, at first glance.  But as one digs deeper, because a country of national origin is involved, it would be an apparent violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The racial composition of those nations may also be perceived as a factor.

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Nadeem Green, JD, Fair Housing attorney, author, instructor, now retired.

As years of articles published here on MHProNews by attorney Nadeen Green, JD – the “Fair Housing Lady” – advised manufactured home industry professional readers, the protected classes include: “Race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin,” as the National Association of Realtors™ (NAR) also states.

 

Lakeside Park Estates

In order to become a part of Lakeside Park Estates, a 55-and-older community of mostly Canadians who come to Florida for the winter, a member must first fill out a rental application,” said Yahoo News’ report. “The first page of the application lists what applicants would be charged based on their background. U.S. residents are charged $50, and from there, the prices go up significantly. The highest application fee listed is for natives of Colombia, who are listed as being charged $175 per adult for an application.”

Lakeside Park Estates is owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network, as the sign in the photo below reflects.  It is located just west of Interstate 95 on Pembroke Road in Pembroke Park, in Hollywood, Florida, explained the narrative by Local 10 News.

The property is a 55-and-older community reportedly made up of so-called ‘snow-birds’ who are mostly of Canadians, who winter in Florida.

 

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The first page of the Lakeside Park Estates application spells out what you’ll be charged to process their application.  That document states that a U.S. resident would pay $50.  But a Colombian would pay $175 per person.

 

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Robertson has been a fair housing advocate for approaching a quarter of a century, and she said, “I have never seen anything like it.”

Equality under the law means just that, say the experts.  Investors? Manufactured home community owner/operators?  Is a property you are involved in committing some blatant or subtle form of discrimination?  Bear in mind the related report, below the by line, which will be updated with a planned follow up soon. Stay tuned.

 

MH Industry Pro Takeaways?

In the meantime, it can be less costly to double check your paperwork and procedures, than it is to face litigation with individuals, fair housing advocates, state agencies, or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Bear in mind that in some states there are additional protected classes, as Green has previously said.

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Justice Strikes Again – another Manufactured Home Operation Settles Case

September 23rd, 2015 Comments off

fines-manufacturedhomes-OriginalgraphicCredit-SFgate-modifiedbyMHProNews-DailyBusinessNews-The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Hope Fair Housing tell MHProNews that the DOJ has announced “that the owners and operators of the Williams Trailer Court mobile home park in Marion, Illinois, had agreed to pay $75,000 to settle allegations that they discriminated against African Americans and families with children, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.”

The settlement was approved on August 31, by the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The settlement agreement resolves a lawsuit alleging that the owners and operators of the park, located at 200 East Patrick Street in Marion, Illinois violated fair housing law.  Testing revealed that Williams unlawfully discouraged families with children from living there, as well as allegations of racial discrimination.  “In addition to Lyle Williams, the lawsuit also names as defendants the park’s other two owners, Kyle Williams and David Williams,” according to the DOJ release to MHProNews.

It is both shocking and sad that in this day and age any person would try to discriminate against a fellow citizen on the basis of race,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton of the Southern District of Illinois.  “Neither the Department of Justice nor my office will tolerate such behavior.  Opportunity and justice must remain equal for all.”

The consent decree for this case is found at this link, here.

Justice recently settled another case for over $250,000 – reported earlier this week at this link here. Attorney Anne Houghtaling, the Executive Director of Hope Fair Housing, has agreed to provide the Daily Business News with additional commentary on this case and others in the next few days. ##

(Editor’s Note: Manufactured housing professionals are encouraged to read a Fair Housing basics article, found at this link here, As case law is ever-evolving, it is also prudent to read the monthly Fair Housing article written by Fair Housing attorney Nadeen Green, a recent one on disparate impact is linked here.)

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Nadeen Green says Disparate Impact case could rock MH & MHC owners, managers world

January 5th, 2015 Comments off

supremecourtofus-credit=wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-The outcome of an important case is due for oral argument with the United States Supreme Court beginning January 21, 2015. The case is entitled Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al, Petitioners v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., Respondent.  It is awaited with anxiety and trepidation in many housing circles. 

According to Nadine Green, JD – also known as “The Fair Housing Lady,” the pending case concerns the implications of disparate impact liability  for housing providers.

Green says that “the impact of this decision will be huge, and the housing industry will either heave a great collective sigh of relief or begin to operate in a vastly different way.”NadeenGreen-jd-for-rent-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-

So, what is disparate impact liability?

Well, if you’re confused, you’re not alone. To help express the concern of the housing industry concerning this interpretation of the FHA guidelines, several housing organizations have joined together to file an amicus brief (friend of the court) to help the court understand their concern about the interpretation of these guidelines. These housing groups say that …”virtually every rule or policy that a housing provider adopts may have a disparate impact on one or more protected classes, even if housing providers have neither the intent to discriminate nor any understanding of how protected classes might be impacted by such a policy.”

Stay tuned to learn the outcome later this month. In the meantime, you can read a more detailed explanation of Ms. Green’s take on this issue at the link below, which contains a full download of the amicus brief. ##

http://www.mhpronews.com/home/featured-articles/january-2015/136-community-management-a-fair-housing-legal/8885-could-your-world-be-rocked

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