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 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.
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
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.