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FHC v Ivanhoe House Apartments

#W08-40 | Location: Ann Arbor | Court Level: Federal | Settlement: $82,500

Categories: Color, Race, Rental
Tags: African American, Black

After several years of testing Ivanhoe Apartments for possible violations of fair housing law, the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan Board of Directors voted to file suit against the owner and resident manager of the Ann Arbor housing complex in July 2009.

To investigate allegations of race discrimination the Fair Housing Center sent African-American and White test teams to Ivanhoe Apartments located off Packard Road in Ann Arbor. Testing evidence supports the claims of race discrimination. The FHC’s enforcement program is supported in part with funding provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

“Based on the testing evidence, the Fair Housing Center has a responsibility to litigate this case” said Ann Routt, President of the FHC’s Board of Directors. The US Supreme Court decision in Havens v Coleman recognizes the right of fair housing organizations to sue for damages under the Federal Fair Housing Act.

The Justice Department filed suit in March 2010 alleging that the defendants discriminated on the basis of race or color in the rental of apartments. The case is being handled by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Filing on behalf of the FHC are Cooperating Attorneys D. Scott Chang and Stephen M. Dane from the law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax, and Steve Tomkowiak. Judith Levy and jointly Holly Lincoln from the Department of Justice are representing the U.S. The case is assigned to Federal Judge Sean F. Cox.

The case against Ivanhoe House Apartments in Ann Arbor settled in July 2010.

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