Press Releases

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.

ACLU on behalf of HOME Sues to Challenge Housing Policy in Chesterfield
June 4, 2019

“We want landlords to understand that blanket bans are not an effective remedy to ensure the health and safety of your residents,” said C. Alexander Guzmán, director of fair housing for HOME of Virginia, a fair housing organization. Read more here.

HOME Supports HUD Lawsuit over Suspension of Fair Housing Rule
May 8, 2018

HOME announced its support of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and other fair housing partners’ lawsuit asking a federal court to order the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reinstate a federal rule.

Sexual Harassment Fair Housing Complaint Settles in Chesterfield
April 24, 2018

Complaint alleged that TRG Management staff at the Park at Ridgedale Independent Living community in Chesterfield County failed to act to remedy incidents of sexual harassment initiated by a tenant against another resident.

Deutsche Bank, Ocwen, & Altisource Accused of Racial Discrimination
February 1, 2018

National Fair Housing Alliance, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, and 18 other Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures in Communities of Color in 30 U.S. Metro Areas.

HOME of Va. Receives Two Federal Grants for $425,000 to Combat Housing Discrimination in Virginia
January 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) $425,000 to prevent, uncover, and counteract discriminatory housing practices in Virginia under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).

HUD settles RAD program complaint
October 3, 2017

Attorneys with the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) and HOME filed the complaints on behalf of their clients to prevent further civil rights violations against their clients and other residents who were harmed in the RAD redevelopment process and/or continue to be discriminated against. Read the conciliation agreement here.

Civil Rights Organizations Accuse Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, Altisource
July 27, 2017

Civil Rights Organizations Accuse Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource of Housing Discrimination in 30 Metropolitan Areas.

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