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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015

Texas v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Supreme court decesion declares.“disparate impact” is a measure of discrimination.

 Folks, the city of Saint Paul has a tough legal battle ahead in defense of their acts of  " Institutional Discrimination"!
 
Good people have hardened their resolve over years of fighting institutional discrimination in the city of Saint Paul, we have been waiting patiently for this decision and now here it is. Civil rights activist will use "Disparate Impact" as a tool to defend the rights of the protected class in the City of Saint Paul.

Frank Sinatra said; "The End is near", I believe the end of Institutional Discrimination in housing is near.
I dedicate this song to Mr. Shoemaker, the landlords, and all of you fighting institutional discrimination. 

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015

Pioneer Press/ St. Paul settles with landlords in housing inspections dispute. "The real story here!"

My comments at twincities.com:
I am sorry I have to consistantly come here and correct these stories on housing.. Lets get the truth out here and let the chips fall where they may.
Fred reported;; The city of St. Paul has settled a longstanding legal dispute with two of a dozen landlords who claimed that they were forced to sell or demolish apartments because of over-zealous code enforcement.
My response; illegal code enforcement that surpassed state building codes and forced minorities out of housing.
Fred reported; On Nov. 7, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the city's legal appeal of the 8th Circuit decision. Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, one of the original authors of the Fair Housing Act, was among the housing advocates who worried that the Supreme Court would use the case as an opportunity to declare "disparate impact" an invalid legal argument.
That outcome, they said, would gut a series of federal legal protections for women and minorities in housing, lending and beyond. The city changed course in 2012 and requested that the Supreme Court dismiss the city's petition to hear the case.
My response, the TRUTH- St. Paul worked a “quid pro quo” deal with the U.S. Dept. of Justice that included the U.S. Government’s agreement not to pursue a $300M federal funding fraud action against St. Paul in return for St. Paul agreeing to dismiss their U.S. Supreme Court appeal in Magner v. Gallagher; as part of the agreement, Senator Mondale has been providing the City with lawyers from the Minneapolis Dorsey & Whitney law firm to defend the City against the Fair Housing Act claims of the landlords. St. Paul businessman Fredrick Newell filed a HUD complaint against St. Paul in 2009 for the City’s Section 3 federal funding violations, and subsequently HUD found that Newell’s claims were correct – the City had violated federal funding requirements over an extended period. HUD, DOJ and local US Attorneys determined that the City’s federal funding violations were egregious violations and knowingly committed.
Fred reported; On Jan. 6, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreed to hear a federal housing complaint against the city brought forward by the Raven Financial real estate group.
My response; incorrect, HUD has heard about landlord complaints since 2008; more complaints were filed in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now HUD has agreed to open an investigation of the challenged City housing policies and practices
Fred reported; Represented by Shoemaker, Raven Financial maintains that the city has "negatively impacted fair housing choice ... of protected class members" by using code enforcement to demolish their rental properties in high-minority neighborhoods.
The complaint focuses on 758 Maryland Ave., a duplex that was declared a "nuisance" property by the city and condemned in December 2012. The home has yet to be demolished.
My response; Incorrect – the Complaints focus on City illegal housing policies and actions against Raven’s nine rental properties, and against Vue’s, McRaths’ and other landlords’ rental properties; HUD agreed to open an investigation under both the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII) discrimination and under Title VI for federal funding program discrimination.

St. Paul landlord files code enforcement complaint against city

By Frederick Melo

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Calling St. Paul's housing standards too rigorous, an attorney for property owner Raven Financial has filed the latest in a series of housing complaints against the city with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Raven Financial and its lawyer, John Shoemaker, have been fighting city inspectors for years over living conditions at the company's St. Paul rental properties, but the latest legal filing takes a new tack.
The new complaint from Raven Financial cites a recent U.S. Supreme Court housing decision and also names the Metropolitan Council, the state of Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency as respondents. It notes that the state and regional entities distribute federal housing funds to St. Paul.
St. Paul City Attorney Samuel Clark said Tuesday he had yet to review a copy of the complaint.
Shoemaker said in a written statement that his 62-page complaint is inspired in part by the June 25 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Texas vs. the Inclusive Communities Project. The court found that federally-funded housing policies that create a "disparate impact" on protected classes of tenants such as low-income minorities are illegal, regardless of their intent.
Shoemaker said that excessive housing inspections have displaced Raven Financial's minority and low-income tenants, and he notes that St. Paul has received housing funds from HUD continuously since 2009. He is one of several attorneys who have represented a series of St. Paul landlords in legal cases and complaints against the city since 2004.
In 2013 and 2014, Raven Financial owned between seven and nine buildings spanning 16 to 18 rental units in low-income St. Paul neighborhoods, but sold some properties under demolition pressure from the city, according to the complaint. After being deemed an official nuisance and blighted property by the city, a duplex at 758 Maryland Ave. was demolished.
In December 2012, the city ordered Raven Financial principals Kevin and Katie Riley to make 50 improvements to 758 Maryland -- an estimated $45,000 in repairs -- from tuck pointing the exterior to installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that meet state codes.
Shoemaker represents Raven Financial in a complaint filed with HUD in November 2013, and he represents landlords Bee and Lamena Vue in a separate complaint filed with HUD in September 2014. Living conditions at properties owned by both sets of landlords have been criticized by city inspectors and tenants alike.
City officials have repeatedly promised to defend the city's housing code. In a recent interview, an assistant city attorney noted that both the Supreme Court and HUD have made clear that the federal Fair Housing Act cannot be used as a rationale to provide inferior housing to tenants.
Frederick Melo can be reached at 651-228-2172. Follow him at twitter.com/FrederickMelo.
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    Justice Department Obtains $251,500 Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Effingham, Illinois, Landlord
    The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the owners and operators of Four Seasons Estates Mobile Home Park in Effingham, Illinois, to settle allegations of race and familial status discrimination. Under the consent order, which must still be approved by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois, the defendants must pay $217,500 to victims of discrimination, who intervened in the lawsuit, to account for the harm they suffered and their attorneys’ fees, and an additional $34,000 to the government as a civil penalty.
    The lawsuit alleged that the mobile home park’s manager, Barbara Crubaugh, refused to let an African-American individual be added as a resident at the park when he moved in with his white girlfriend and her uncle. The lawsuit also alleged that while the African-American individual was staying at the mobile home park, he was subjected to harassment by the manager’s son, David Crubaugh. The family moved out after the park threatened them with eviction if the African-American individual did not move out. They contacted HOPE Fair Housing Center, an organization in Illinois that advocates for equal opportunity in housing, who in turn contacted the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Justice Department. HUD referred the complaints to the Justice Department for further investigation as a potential pattern or practice of discrimination.
    The lawsuit also alleged discrimination on the basis of race based on fair housing testing conducted by the Department of Justice’s Fair Housing Testing Program. The testing revealed that Barbara Crubaugh treated prospective residents differently based on their race by, for example, requiring African-American testers to fill out applications while not requiring white testers to do so, asking African-American testers if they had felonies but not asking the same of white testers, informing African-American testers that she would have to inspect their mobile home while not so informing white testers and quoting higher move-in costs to African-American testers.
    Until this lawsuit was filed, there had been no African-American residents at the mobile home park since at least 2007, when Barbara Crubaugh became manager.
    Additionally, the lawsuit alleged, and the defendants admitted, that they discriminated on the basis of familial status (having children under the age of 18) by prohibiting families with children from living on one of the four rows of lots at the mobile home park.
    “Federal law guarantees everyone the right to housing on equal terms and the right to live free from harassment because of their race or color,” said head of the Civil Rights Division, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “Settlements such as this one help ensure that all people can enjoy that right.” To read more, click here.

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