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Landlord Pays $70K To Settle Alleged Violations of Fair Housing Protections for Families with Children
April 3, 2023

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME of VA) and Sara [Name changed] settled a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia alleging discrimination on the basis of family status in violation of federal fair housing laws, with Defendant Lawrence White Everett. Plaintiffs HOME and Sara received a total settlement of $70,000, including fees and costs. Additionally, per a prior agreement with the Virginia Attorney General, the defendant stepped away from his role as property manager.

VC Solutions LLC and The Coleman Group LLC Pay $67K To Settle Alleged Violations of Fair Housing Protections for Families with Children
December 13, 2022

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME) has reached a global settlement between HOME of VA, their client Tracy Ferrell, Mechanicsville-based property management company VC Solutions LLC, and property owner The Coleman Group LLC. In 2019, HOME and Ms. Ferrell filed a fair housing complaint with the Virginia Fair Housing Office alleging that VC Solutions and the Coleman Group LLC violated federal and state fair housing and civil rights laws by not renting to families with children.

HOME of Virginia Announces Next President & CEO Thomas Okuda Fitzpatrick
March 16, 2022

HOME of VA announced today that after a nationwide search, Thomas Okuda Fitzpatrick will serve as HOME’s fifth president & chief executive officer in its 50‐year history starting April 6, 2022.

HOME of VA and Other Fair Housing Groups Reach Historic Settlement with Fannie Mae Focused on Rebuilding Communities of Color
February 7, 2022

The settlement will directly and immediately benefit the communities of color throughout the Richmond, Virginia region and nationwide hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis and its aftermath. Read the settlement agreement.

Resources available to individuals and families in the Richmond region that can help them avoid eviction.
May 10, 2021

A recent federal court decision potentially overturning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) nationwide eviction moratorium has created uncertainty for individuals and families protected by the CDC rule.

HOME Settles Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Richmond Landlord, Teresa Vetter
January 26, 2021

Must sell rental properties and cannot be a landlord for 5 years. Must pay $25,000. Must take mandatory fair housing training.

HOME of VA Receives $300,000 Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to Keep Richmond Renters in Homes
October 19, 2020

Grant will help renters impacted by COVID-19 with counseling and legal assistance to avoid eviction, part of the company’s efforts to keep people housed.

Settlement with Kay Management Company Reached Regarding Discriminatory Criminal Background Screening Policy
July 16, 2020

HOME, Kay Management Company, and Former Tenants Reach Settlement Regarding Criminal Background Screening Policy that HOME Alleged Disproportionately Excluded Black and Latinx Housing Applicants

HOME Files Federal Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Richmond Landlord
May 19, 2020

“I mean being a private landlord as opposed to an apartment complex, there are things that—there are—I can subtly just disregard certain laws like that.” – Teresa Vetter

Federal Court Greenlights Fair Housing Discrimination Claims Against Major Financial Services Companies
November 19, 2019

In a victory for HOME, NFHA and many other fair housing partners, a federal judge largely denied Deutsche Bank Trust companies’, Altisource’s, and Ocwen’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit concerning discrimination against communities of color.

HOME and Former Tenants Sue to Protect Housing for Persons with Criminal Records
October 24, 2019

Heather Mullins Crislip, President and CEO of HOME states: “When an overly broad policy is set out by a housing provider, it sets our society up for huge inequities. Our criminal justice policy disproportionally arrests and sentences African American and Latinx citizens. Overly broad criminal screening policies, like the one deployed by Kay Management, continue that sentence for a lifetime.”

HOME Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sterling Glen Apartments
August 6, 2019

Settlement Includes New Application Policy Regarding Criminal History. The new policy should be an industry model for how landlords can screen applicants fairly and avoid discrimination, according to the attorneys in the case. Read more here.

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