#GivingTuesday is December 1 and we welcome your help!

#GivingTuesday is December 1, 2020!


We fight housing discrimination; please consider calling us at (305) 651-4673 with any contributions - connections for us to do outreach, assistance with our investigations, leads on discriminatory ads for housing, boosting our social media presence, or anything else!


Thank you!

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Miami-Dade County Housing Affordability Tracker

In October 2019, Miami-Dade County through its Department of Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) sponsored “Closing In On 10,000—A Housing Summit.” An ambitious goal was set of creating an environment that would be supportive of at least 10,000 new affordable/workforce housing units being completed or in progress (financially closed or under construction) by November 2020.


In fact, the event highlighted over 14,000 affordable and workforce housing units that were in various stages of development. The Miami-Dade County Affordability Tracker provides a snapshot of the status of those projects, inclusive of additions and changes in scope. Created in collaboration with the University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement, the Tracker will be updated on a

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On November 19, 2020, HOPE is again participating in Give Miami Day!

HOPE, Inc. fights housing discrimination: telling people about their rights and responsibilities, taking complaints, and investigating (or giving referrals).

Please consider supporting us on #GiveMiamiDay!

On November 19, 2020, HOPE is again participating in Give Miami Day, the Miami Foundation’s initiative to support non-profits by matching a percentage of credit and debit card contributions of $25 - $10,000 during a 24-hour online giving period (from 12:01am to 11:59pm on November 19th). On November 19th, please go to givemiamiday.org to contribute to Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc.!  All support is appreciated; thank you!

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“No Section 8”? That’s illegal housing discrimination in Miami-Dade and Broward!

If somebody keeps you out of housing because you use Section 8 or another subsidy to pay, that is source of income discrimination, and it is illegal in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties! Please call HOPE at (305) 651-4673 (Dade) or (954) 567-0545 (Broward)!

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COVID-19 Assistance Programs – Miami-Dade County

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved $10 million of CARES Act funds to develop a Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program to support small landlords with five or fewer rental units by providing grants for rent forgiveness for tenants who are behind on rent due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Board approved an additional $15 million of CARES Act funds to provide Housing and Basic Needs assistance to veterans and active duty military members. This includes support for rent, mortgage and basic needs such as groceries. These programs are ongoing and can be accessed here: https://www.miamidadecovidrelief.org/

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Please report housing discrimination against families with children!

Unless it's a licensed senior living facility....when somebody says you can't have children living with you somewhere (even if it's part of their "rules"), that person might be breaking the law! Call HOPE if this happens to you (or to anybody)!

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Florida’s Eviction Moratorium Expires; CDC Rule in Place

Florida’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus pandemic has ceased.The governor’s office announced that Gov. Ron DeSantis would allow Florida’s eviction moratorium to expire.“Executive Order 20-211 pertaining to the State’s mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief was permitted to expire to avoid any confusion over whether the CDC’s evictions order should apply in a particular circumstance,” wrote Fredrick Piccolo Jr., director of communications for the governor, in a press release.A federal moratorium on evictions for people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic took effect September 4. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention passed the order, which lasts until the end of the year on December 31. Protection under the CDC’s moratorium is not

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The problem with criminal background discrimination in housing, according to HUD

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance on the use of criminal records in housing and real estate transactions. The guidance, from April 4, 2016, "addresses how the discriminatory effects and disparate treatment methods of proof apply in Fair Housing Act cases in which a housing provider justifies an adverse housing action –such as a refusal to rent or renew a lease –based on an individual’s criminal history."

From the conclusion, here is the main takeaway of what HUD had to say:

"While the Act does not prohibit housing providers from appropriately considering criminal history information when making housing decisions, arbitrary and overbroad criminal history-related bans are likely to lack a legally sufficient justification.

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New Florida law, with its start in Tallahassee, targets outdated race restrictive covenants

A new Florida law tears away the red tape associated with the removal of outdated and racist language embedded in certain real estate documents. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law (SB 374) after a yearlong effort that began in Tallahassee and gained legislative traction, although some say it's but the "first step" in addressing a convoluted process. 

The bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, “extinguishes discriminatory restrictions from certain real estate documents, such as deeds," according to the online summary.

Last summer, Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Anabelle Dias exposed a racially charged but unenforceable section of a seven-page covenant for a home she'd planned to purchase in

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White House announces nationwide eviction moratorium through end of the year

Relying on a public health law intended to prevent the spread of an illness, the Trump administration said Tuesday it is implementing a national four-month moratorium on residential evictions. 

The moratorium, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was the latest measure by the administration to get a handle on the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic absent an agreement with Congress on a more far reaching package that would have the force of law.

To stop evictions, health officials are relying on the 1944 Public Health Service Act, which gives the administration broad quarantine powers. The moratorium, which will run through Dec. 31, applies to individuals earning less than $99,000 a year and who are unable to make rent or

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Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals

Companies that value homes for sale or refinancing are bound by law not to discriminate. Black homeowners say it happens anyway.

A second appraisal valued Abena and Alex Horton’s Jacksonville home 40 percent higher than the first appraisal, after Ms. Horton removed all signs of Blackness.Credit...Charlotte Kesl for The New York Times

Abena and Alex Horton wanted to take advantage of low home-refinance rates brought on by the coronavirus crisis. So in June, they took the first step in that process, welcoming a home appraiser into their four-bedroom, four-bath ranch-style house in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Hortons live just minutes from the Ortega River, in a predominantly white neighborhood of 1950s homes that tend to sell for $350,000 to $550,000. They had expected

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Fair Housing in Miami-Dade & Broward during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The federal Fair Housing Act and Florida Fair Housing Act prohibit discrimination in sales, rentals, lending, insurance, or advertising related to housing, on the basis of:

Race · Color · National Origin · Religion

Sex · Disability (includes HIV Status)

Familial Status (as in having/expecting children)

 

Miami-Dade County’s local fair housing laws provide protection against discrimination on these additional bases:

Age · Ancestry · Marital Status

Being a Victim of Domestic Violence

Gender Expression or Identity

Sexual Orientation · Source of Income

 

Broward County’s local fair

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Florida Governor Extends Suspension Of Evictions, Foreclosures

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order extending his suspension of all foreclosures and residential evictions in the case of Floridians who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus.

The governor's previous extension order, which was to expire at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1 now will expire at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 1, according to a new order signed Wednesday night. The initial order was issued in April.

The change gives struggling Floridians an extra month if they are unable to pay their mortgages or rent before their landlords or lenders can take action. The extension does not relieve their obligation to pay.

"All payments, including tolled payments, are due when an individual is no longer adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency," according to the order.

Miami attorney David

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City of North Miami Emergency Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (ETBRA)

The extended deadline to apply is Friday, July 31, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Budget: $157,427Additional funding sources will be identified to provide more assistance. 

The City of North Miami will assist individuals with a one-time payment up to $1,000 for households occupying rental units outside of the NMCRA boundaries that have suffered loss of income or reduced wages directly connected to COVID-19 pandemic. The City used a portion of the $452,692 in emergency funding from HUD to provide much needed relief to our residents to cover their past due rent. 

Printed applications will be available at the following locations:

North Miami Customer Service Center, 811 NE 125th StreetHousing & Social Services Satellite Office,

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Miami-Dade County approves $10 million COVID-19 rent relief. Applications available online July 14 at 9am until 5pm on July 17.

The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners has approved the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This $10 million program is intended to help families who are having problems paying their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will provide a one-time benefit to assist with their rent.

“I commend the commissioners on their swift action to approve the Emergency Rental Assistance Program,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “This is a vital program that will help families throughout our County get through the unprecedented hardships resulting from the current health crisis.”

The amount of rental assistance will depend on family size and bedroom size of the housing unit, the rent owed, and current household income, which must be no more than 80

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FREE HUD-Sponsored Webinar: Fair Housing & Civil Rights

Please join us for a FREE HUD-Sponsored Webinar: Fair Housing & Civil Rights Related Programs Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. with assistance from the City of Homestead, FL

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 10:00am - 2:00pm on Zoom

This is a half-day training for recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance such as CDBG, NSP, and HOME, as well as individuals and entities who do not receive federal funding. The course will guide participants through an exploration into fair housing, civil rights, and disability-related federal regulations and laws.

Key Topics of Training:

- Fair Housing Laws

- HUD’s Affirmative Fair Housing

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Florida Adopts Legislation To Limit Abuse Of Fair Housing Act Relative To Emotional Support Animals

While many housing providers, including community associations, have been required to allow individuals to bring emotional support animals into their communities even though pets are not permitted, recently adopted legislation aims at limiting abuse of this type of reasonable accommodation. As of July 1, 2020, the Florida Statutes have been amended to differentiate between emotional support animals, governed by the Fair Housing Act, and service animals, governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Emotional support animals do not require specialized training and, in recognition of this, the statute as amended specifically provides that no emotional support animal registration of any kind is, by itself, sufficient to establish that a person has a disability-related need for such an

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis extends moratorium on evictions and foreclosures

Floridians concerned about being kicked out of their homes this week can now breathe a sigh of relief. 

Tuesday night, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the extension of the state's moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. 

The order was set to expire on Wednesday, July 1st, causing major concerns for families struggling to make ends meet through the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health reported another 6,093 new cases of COVID-19. 

Florida set a new one-day high with 9,585 new cases reported Saturday and had followed that with 8,530 reported on Sunday.

There have been 152,434 cases of the novel coronavirus reported in Florida since the start of the pandemic, and on Tuesday the state

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FREE fair housing Zoom webinar June 25, 2020

Please join HOPE and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. this Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6pm for a FREE Zoom webinar - "Fair Housing Rights are Civil Rights: A historical overview of the Fair Housing Act and where we are today." Please register here: https://zoom.us/j/95327002452 Thank you!

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Google updates policy to prevent discrimination in housing, job and credit ads

Google has announced an updating of its policies that will prohibit advertisers promoting housing, employment and credit access from targeting or excluding audiences based on demographics or place of residence.

In a statement on Google’s corporate blog, Scott Spencer, vice president of product management, ads privacy and safety, noted that the search engine has a decade-long policy that prevented advertisers from “targeting users on the basis of sensitive categories related to their identity, beliefs, sexuality, or personal hardships.”

Spencer said Google worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in revising its policies.

“This policy will prohibit impacted employment, housing, and credit advertisers from targeting or excluding

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HAND rental assistance program expanded to help people experiencing hardship as a direct result of COVID-19, 6/5/20 deadline

The HAND Program provides temporary rental assistance to eligible individuals and families in Miami-Dade County who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The Program was recently expanded to help people experiencing economic hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may qualify for rent assistance under this Program expansion if you lost your job on or after March 1, 2020, or have less income due to COVID-19; if you have received written notice from your landlord that you may lose your housing because your rent is late; and if you pass specific rent and income tests.

Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 victims needing rent assistance far exceeds available funding. In an effort to assist as many of these people as possible, the Program

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Vivienda justa en Miami-Dade y Broward durante la pandemia COVID-19

¡Conoce tus derechos!

En cualquier transacción relacionada con la vivienda, es ilegal que reciba un trato diferente debido a las clases protegidas (arriba, en rojo). Mientras todos lidiamos con COVID-19, es crucial saber qué acciones son ilegales. Ejemplos (esto es solo un puñado de ejemplos; puede experimentar algo más que también es ilegal):

-Un agente inmobiliario no puede negarse a mostrarle ciertas casas porque usted proviene (o incluso piensan que usted proviene) de un país donde COVID-19 es un gran problema. Esta es una discriminación basada en la nacionalidad.

-Un administrador de la propiedad no puede imponerle reglas diferentes porque se sospecha que tiene problemas de salud relacionados con COVID-19. Esto es discriminación basada en la

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City of Miami Beach announces COVID-19 rent relief

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, the City of Miami Beach will begin taking applications for COVID-19 rent relief. Please see here for more information: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/City-of-Miami-Beach-Update-on-COVID-19--5-13.html?soid=1011085968389&aid=IMmH3goWeDI

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The City of Miami’s Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program opening May 4, 2020

The City of Miami Emergency Rental & Utilities Assistance Program is designed to provide one-month rental and utility assistance to low-income (60% AMI or less) residents who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot afford to pay their rent, utilities or both. The program provides eligible households with one-time assistance of up to $1,500.00. Program is subject to funding availability. Qualifying utility costs to be paid include electricity, water, and gas. It does not include telephone, internet or cable bills.

This program is only available to applicants who are renters and live in The City of Miami. The program will not issue payments directly to applicants, but rather payments will be sent directly to landlords and utility companies

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Sunny Isles Beach woman sues condo association over policy denying entry to healthcare aide amid COVID-19

A South Florida woman who relies on a home healthcare aide is taking legal action after, she said, a new policy banning visitors at her condo is preventing her aide from providing the care she desperately needs.

Eva Markman, a resident at Winston Towers in Sunny Isles Beach, is now alone with no access to her caregiver of four years.

The 73-year-old, who is disabled, spoke with 7News on Tuesday.

“I am very upset. My blood pressure has come up, and I feel very, very bad. My hands are very swollen,” she said.

Markman said she needs her aide to help her get dressed, cook, bathe and use the restroom. Her aide also helps her take her poodle outside.

But because of COVID-19, the condo association has the building on lockdown, and people who

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Certain foreclosures and evictions suspended statewide in Florida

Florida Governor Executive Order 20-94 suspends, for 45 days, foreclosures under Florida law and any eviction under Florida law "solely as it relates to non-payment of rent by residential tenants due to the COVID-19 emergency." Please see full text here: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-94.pdf

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For Many in Miami, Rent Is Due — Do You Have to Pay?

When it’s first of the month, renters know what that means: It's time to fork over hundreds or thousands of dollars to your landlord.

Even before the coronavirus crisis, Miami was the most rent-burdened city in the United States; according to Census Bureau data, nearly two-thirds of renters here spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

But a lot has changed since the last time rent was due.

Since March 1, at least 74,000 Floridians have filed for unemployment benefits owing to coronavirus-related job loss. Experts say Miami-Dade County stands to lose more than 100,000 jobs because of the pandemic.

Miami-Dade renters have a few protections at the county, state, and federal levels. For starters, the Miami-Dade Police Department

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COVID-19 Bulletins

Beware of COVID-19 scams at home and online

Social media posts are circulating with a claim that representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are going to residences dressed in protective gear and conducting COVID-19 testing. This is untrue. The CDC is not visiting residents' homes. During these times, scammers are seeking opportunities to take advantage of consumers. We encourage you to be vigilant in identifying scams and review these helpful tips: 

- Scams can include social media posts, texts and websites meant to take your personal information and money and infect computers.

- Think twice before investing in companies who say they are working on a coronavirus cure. Check official sources like the

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HUD, Fannie, Freddie suspend foreclosures, evictions during outbreak

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will suspend foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration until the end of April, a move that will affect about 8.1 million mortgages.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) also ordered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the companies behind about half of the nation’s $11 trillion mortgage market, to suspend foreclosures and evictions for any single-family mortgages they back for “at least 60 days,” the agency said.

The move, announced at a White House press conference, is part of a broad-based response by the administration to the fallout from the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, which threatens to shut down large swaths of the economy and has wreaked havoc in many

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COVID19 adjustments at HOPE

In consideration of the announced national emergency in response to the COVID19 pandemic, HOPE's offices are closed to the public until it is deemed safe to reopen. We have also cancelled our April 3 and April 24 Fair Housing Month events.

We are otherwise maintaining business operations and remain available by phone and email during this time. Please contact us by telephone at (305) 651-4673 in Miami-Dade or (954) 567-0545 in Broward.

Thank you for your understanding.

FAIR HOUSING AND THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The fair housing laws can protect people who are infected with Covid-19 and those who are perceived as being infected.

FAIR HOUSING, NATIONAL ORIGIN DISCRIMINATION AND COVID-19

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Miami-Dade police suspend evictions during coronavirus emergency

Miami-Dade police announced March 12 that officers would not assist with evictions during the emergency declared by Mayor Carlos Gimenez for the coronavirus pandemic.

The agency said it “has temporarily suspended all eviction activities until further notice” in a release sent Thursday morning. The action means officers won’t assist landlords in removing tenants or serving court papers, freezing evictions until further notice.

“The only ones that can follow through on
eviction orders is us,” said police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. “From
this point forward, those papers and those orders will not be
processed.”

The decision to halt evictions over COVID-19 comes on the heels of outrage last year when county police assisted evicting a 75-year-old from her

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A win for affordable housing in Florida

Florida lawmakers have agreed to fully fund the state affordable housing program in the coming year, a significant policy development that impacts struggling Floridians who face rising costs and low wages.

Over the weekend, House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to spend $370 million for affordable housing initiatives. It is in line with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had urged full funding for the housing programs.

Housing advocates and lawmakers push for affordable rent for Floridians, and other measures. Photo credit by Danielle J. Brown.

The Legislature’s decision is a significant particularly for the state House, which in recent years had been successful in shifting money from the housing program to other state priorities.

Over the last two

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4/3/2020: Miami Dade Fair Housing Month event, including FREE workshop!

We’d like to announce this year’s Miami Dade Fair Housing Month event, including a FREE workshop!

27th Annual Miami-Dade County Fair Housing Month Celebration: 2020 Vision for Fair Housing Friday, April 3, 2020 DoubleTree Biscayne Bay 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami, FL 33132

9:00am – 12:00pm: FREE Workshop

Housing Justice in Miami - Zelalem Adefris, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, Catalyst Miami

Proposed Disparate Impact Rule - Donald Jones, Professor, University of Miami School of Law

Homeownership in Miami-Dade - Eric Johnson, Homeownership Assistance Program Coordinator/Underwriter, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust

HUD Initiatives, HUD Programs, and Public Housing - Luis

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Do you know about fair housing? Play HOPE’s quiz game!

Would you like to put your fair housing knowledge to the test? Check out the HOPE quiz and see what you know! Please click on the link that's right for your computer, PC (Windows) or Mac (Apple), to download our quiz -

PC users:

https://hopefhc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/HOPE-questions-for-PC-Please-save-to-desktop-and-open.zip

Mac users:

https://hopefhc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/HOPE-questions-for-Mac-Please-save-to-desktop-and-open.zip

The quiz is a Flash animation contained in ZIP files at the links above; please send an e-mail to Rob at rob@hopefhc.com if you're having any issues accessing it. Thank you!

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Apply for the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) Waitlist in Miami-Dade from February 10 through February 21, 2020

Are you living with AIDS? Do you need help paying your rent? Take advantage of this opportunity from the Housing & Community Development Department of City of Miami! Apply for the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) Housing Assistance Waitlist in Miami-Dade County from February 10 through February 21, 2020. Information is here: http://aidsnet.org/

For more information, please call 311 or 305-416-1927. If you would like to request the TBRA application in an accessible format due to a disability, please call 305-416-1984, at least three (3) days in advance of your desired date. TDD/TTY users may contact the Florida Relay Service at 711 or 800-955-8771.

¿ESTAS VIVIENDO CON SIDA? ¿NECESITAS AYUDA PARA PAGAR TU RENTA? Aproveche esta oportunidad!

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Fair Housing & Civil Rights training in Monroe County, January 23, 2020!

We invite you to register for a FREE training: Fair Housing & Civil Rights Related Programs Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. with special thanks to A.H. of Monroe County, Inc.

This is a half-day training for recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance such as CDBG, NSP, and HOME, as well as housing providers who do not receive federal funding. The course will guide participants through an exploration into fair housing, civil rights, and disability related federal regulations and laws.

Key Topics of Training:

Fair Housing Laws  HUD’s Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan requirements  Section 504 and Reasonable Accommodations for

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Supreme Court may expand federal anti-discrimination laws to protect gays, lesbians

Our nation’s highest court soon will decide whether the federal law that bans discrimination based on “sex” should cover sexual preferences, not just a person’s born gender.

DEAR DAVE: You said in a recent column that the federal Fair Housing Act does not protect gay and bisexual people from housing discrimination. But because the act specifically bans discrimination based on sex, wouldn’t that include a person’s sexual preferences?

ANSWER: No, but that could soon change. Twenty-two states have laws that specifically ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, but federal anti-discrimination laws do not protect lesbian, gay or transgender Americans. Groups representing the LGBTQ community have long been pushing Congress for such protection — especially in the

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Connect with us on social media!

We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination! For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click here to go directly to our page). For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (you can click here to go directly to the page). Thank you!

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FL bill that helps victims of housing discrimination passes in Senate committee

People who claim they’ve been discriminated against in housing would have another way to fix the problem, under legislation moving through the Florida Legislature. The bill, SB 374, passed unanimously in a Senate committee on December 9th, would help alleged victims of housing discrimination to pursue a civil lawsuit. Sen. Darryl Rouson, who represents parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, presented the legislation to the Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability.

The proposed bill will have to pass in the full House and Senate in the 2020 legislative session that begins Jan. 14. Gov. Ron DeSantis would also have to approve it. Rouson didn’t have any arguments by committee members except for one question by a lawmaker: “What are we trying to

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Newsday Investigation Reveals Sweeping Real Estate Discrimination

In one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half century since enactment of America’s landmark fair housing law, Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island. The three-year probe strongly indicates that house hunting in one of the nation’s most segregated suburbs poses substantial risks of discrimination, with black buyers chancing disadvantages almost half the time they enlist brokers. Additionally, the investigation reveals that Long Island’s dominant residential brokering firms help solidify racial separations. They frequently directed white customers toward areas with the highest white representations and minority buyers to more

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Do you know about fair housing? Play HOPE’s quiz game!

Would you like to put your fair housing knowledge to the test? Check out the HOPE quiz and see what you know! Please click on the link that's right for your computer, PC (Windows) or Mac (Apple), to download our quiz -

PC users:

https://hopefhc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/HOPE-questions-for-PC-Please-save-to-desktop-and-open.zip

Mac users:

https://hopefhc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/HOPE-questions-for-Mac-Please-save-to-desktop-and-open.zip

The quiz is a Flash animation contained in ZIP files at the links above; please send an e-mail to Rob at rob@hopefhc.com if you're having any issues accessing it. Thank you!

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Please support HOPE, Inc. on Give Miami Day, 11/21/19!

Discrimination isn’t usually this obvious any more, but it’s still just as ugly.

And it definitely isn’t just about race. Laws protect people against discrimination due to gender, sexual orientation, having children, having a mental or physical challenge, religion, gender identity and expression, age, paying the rent with Section 8, and more.

This Thursday, November 21, 2019, on Give Miami Day, we at Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. are hoping that you’ll consider going to www.givemiamiday.org and supporting us as we continue to combat discrimination through community outreach, complaint intake, and investigations. Thank you!

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Fair Housing & Civil Rights training in Monroe County, January 23, 2020!

We invite you to register for a FREE training: Fair Housing & Civil Rights Related Programs Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. with special thanks to A.H. of Monroe County, Inc.

This is a half-day training for recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance such as CDBG, NSP, and HOME, as well as housing providers who do not receive federal funding. The course will guide participants through an exploration into fair housing, civil rights, and disability related federal regulations and laws.

Key Topics of Training: Fair Housing Laws HUD’s Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan requirements Section 504 and Reasonable Accommodations for People with

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Source of income discrimination (like saying “No Section 8”) is illegal in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties!

What is source of income discrimination? In searching for housing, many people face discrimination by housing providers who are unwilling to rent to voucher holders. As a result, several states and municipalities, including Florida’s Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, have adopted laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income.

This means that it is illegal for a housing provider to keep a person out simply because that person is paying for housing with a subsidy or assistance like Section 8, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), or other benefits programs.

The law in Broward County: Broward County, Florida Code of Ordinances, Chapter 16½ - HUMAN RIGHTS, ARTICLE III. - DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES, DIVISION 3. - DISCRIMINATION,

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Connect with us on social media!

We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination! For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click here to go directly to our page). For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (you can click here to go directly to the page). Thank you!

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“Are you requesting to saddle the camel or cut off its hump?” Reasonable Accommodations Under Disability Rights Laws

On September 18th, 2019, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided Schaw v. Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, in a very easy to read opinion that spelled out the process for determining whether an accommodation for a disability is reasonable and necessary. U.S. Circuit Court Judge Kevin Newsom, the author of the opinion, acknowledged that the concept is a “little squishy”, and analogized that the difference between an accommodation that is required and one that is a fundamental alteration is the difference between saddling a camel and removing its hump.

In 2006, when Albert Schaw was 20, he fractured his cervical spine in a wrestling accident and became a quadriplegic. Because of his disability, he was not able to get gainful employment and received Social

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Judge Fines Landlord $17,000 for Threatening to Call ICE on Tenant

A judge ordered a landlord to pay a $5,000 fine to the city and $12,000 in damages to a tenant for threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on the tenant, in New York City. New York’s Commission on Human Rights brought the complaint against the Queens landlord to an administrative judge. The commission alleged that the landlord texted and emailed the tenant that she would call ICE if she didn’t pay her rent.

Threatening to call immigration enforcement is classified as discrimination under New York City’s human-rights law, according to the commission. Lawyers for the commission said they believe it is the first case in the country where an individual was fined for threatening to call immigration authorities.

City lawyers accused the

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Source of income discrimination (like saying “No Section 8”) is illegal in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties!

What is source of income discrimination? In searching for housing, many people face discrimination by housing providers who are unwilling to rent to voucher holders. As a result, several states and municipalities, including Florida’s Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, have adopted laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income.

This means that it is illegal for a housing provider to keep a person out simply because that person is paying for housing with a subsidy or assistance like Section 8, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), or other benefits programs.

The law in Broward County: Broward County, Florida Code of Ordinances, Chapter 16½ - HUMAN RIGHTS, ARTICLE III. - DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES, DIVISION 3. - DISCRIMINATION,

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HUD Proposal Would Make it Harder to Bring Fair Housing Claims

The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed making changes to the nation’s fair housing rules, a move that fair housing advocates claim is part of a Trump administration effort to “gut” federal protections against housing discrimination. HUD announced that it is proposing changes to its interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard, a rule enacted by HUD during the Obama administration and used as a way to enforce the Fair Housing Act.

At its most basic, the updated guidelines revise the current loose, three-step threshold for Fair Housing violations and impose a specific, five-step approach that would require regulators to prove intentional discrimination on the lender’s behalf. On a call with reporters, HUD General Counsel Paul Compton

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HOPE Files Federal Lawsuit Against Coral Gables Building for Discrimination Against Families with Children

No talking on the cellphone, no babysitting allowed and no guests! Those are just some of the rules that have been imposed at a South Florida apartment building. Michael Mejias and his wife claim they got kicked out of their home because property manager Elina Hernandez found out they were having a child. Mejias and his wife, Dyonne, have filed a federal lawsuit against Hernandez and the owner of The Royal House Apartments.

The building is located at 4410 W. Flagler St. According to records, it's owned by the Fanny Lichter Revocable Trust.

Mejias said he and his wife enjoyed living at Royal House until his wife started showing. Mejias said he was cornered by Hernandez. "You didn't tell me your wife was pregnant?" Mejias said Hernandez said to him. "I told

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We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination! For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click here to go directly to our page). For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (you can click here to go directly to the page). Thank you!

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National Fair Housing Alliance’s Discrimination Lawsuit against Bank of America Allowed to Proceed

On July 18, 2019, a federal judge in Maryland denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against Bank of America and Safeguard Properties Management by the National Fair Housing Alliance, 19 fair housing organizations and two homeowners for alleged fair housing violations. The suit, filed in June 2018, accuses the two companies of intentionally failing to provide routine exterior maintenance and marketing for Bank of America-owned homes in African American and Latino neighborhoods across 37 metro areas, while consistently maintaining similar bank-owned properties in white neighborhoods.

NFHA said the lawsuit was the culmination of a multi-year investigation by the organization and its fair housing partners that included a review of more than 1,600 Bank of America-owned

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Bill Aims for Federal Prohibition of Housing Discrimination Against Vets

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to protect veterans and low-income families from housing discrimination. Senator Tim Kaine reintroduced the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019, which he originally introduced in the previous Congress.

According to a release, many veterans and low-income families pay for their rent through vouchers, and current law allows landlords to discriminate against them by denying housing based on how they pay their rent. This bill would expand protections under the Fair Housing Act to prohibit housing discrimination based on the tenants source of income or veteran status, which would give more families access to affordable housing.

“Our nation's veterans and vulnerable families should have the same right to a home as any

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LGBTQ Seniors And Advocates Propose Solutions To Discrimination

Getting older is not easy. Yet aging in South Florida brings its own challenges, including affordable housing, new technology, transportation, and specific issues that LGBTQ seniors face — like discrimination in nursing homes. More than 200 seniors and caregivers gathered at Nova Southeastern University in Davie Friday for a symposium on all things aging.  

"We need discrimination protections in housing," Elizabeth Schwartz said. A Hollywood native, now she practices law and LGBTQ advocacy in Miami. She also co-chairs the national board for SAGE - an organization that provides advocacy and services to elderly LGBTQ people. "These nursing home who are discriminating against folks can't do that," Schwartz said. LGBTQ seniors are more likely than other groups to

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CFPB Report Highlights Increase in Mortgage Complaints in Florida

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a federal enforcement agency covering consumer financial laws. The CFPB's jurisdiction includes banks, credit unions, securities firms, payday lenders, mortgage-servicing operations, foreclosure relief services, debt collectors and other financial companies operating in the United States.

Every day, consumers submit complaints to the CFPB about a wide variety of consumer financial products and services. Complaints received by the Bureau help its work to regulate consumer financial products or services, enforce laws, and educate and empower people to make better-informed financial decisions. 

This past January, the CFPB released their Complaint Snapshot on Mortgages, covering complaints from the previous two

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Thumbs Up! Establishing that a Landlord has a Duty to Combat Racial Harassment

Thumbs up to law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax on a federal appeal win establishing a landlord's duty to protect a tenant from racial harassment by a neighbor. 

In a decision handed down on March 4, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit established that a landlord who knows or should know about racial harassment of a tenant by a neighbor and fails "to take prompt action to correct and end the harassment while having the power to do so" can be held liable under the Fair Housing Act. The decision in Francis v. Kings Park Manor is one of the few federal appeals court decisions directly addressing a landlord's obligation in the case of tenant-on-tenant harassment.  

The case arose out of a rental agreement Donahue Francis signed with Kings Park

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Triple the Application Fee at Mobile Home Park for People from Certain Countries

In Pembroke Park, a mobile home park has been charging higher fees to some people to apply to live there, based on the countries from which those people come. The property is called Lakeside Park Estates and is owned by Trinity Broadcasting. The housing application says that US residents have to pay a $50 application processing fee. It lists different, seemingly arbitrary fees for others, such as $80 for a person from Cuba, $135 for a person from Peru, up to $175 for a person from Colombia.

National origin discrimination (treating people differently because of which country from which they come) is illegal under the federal Fair Housing Act. Several countries are actually missing from the list, notably countries with large Black populations such as Jamaica, the Bahamas

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Remembering Civil Rights Attorney Randall “Randy” Berg, Jr.

We at HOPE are celebrating the tremendous life and legacy of a man who was a pillar of our organization throughout its history: extraordinarily dedicated civil rights lawyer Randy Berg.   Mr. Berg’s body of work in fair housing legal advocacy spans over four decades. His statewide case work reflects representation of every class of protected persons under the law; covering rental, sales, lending, zoning, advertising, denial of reasonable accommodations and modifications, accessible design and construction, and other housing-related transactions.

The individuals represented in most of Mr. Berg's cases may have otherwise been denied representation and/or justice due to financial limitation. Mr. Berg worked on fair housing cases, inside and outside of partnership with HOPE,

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Friday, 4/26/2019 – Broward County Annual Fair Housing Month Celebration: Empowerment through Fair Housing

We will be hosting our annual Broward County Fair Housing Month Celebration at the end of April!  The theme this year is Empowerment through Fair Housing, and the keynote speaker will be Leon W. Russell, the Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors!

The event will be on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 9am to 2pm at the Germack Event Venue, 4860 Griffin Rd, Davie, FL 33314.

For more information, please contact Ms. Charmaine Williams at charmaine@hopefhc.com and (954) 567-0545.

Thank you!

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NFHA, HOPE, and Other Fair Housing Groups Settle Historic Discrimination Case against Facebook

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio (FHCGSA), Fair Housing Justice Center of New York (FHJC), and Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. of Miami (HOPE, Inc.), collectively the “Fair Housing Groups,” settled an historic lawsuit with Facebook that will drive unprecedented and sweeping changes across its advertising platform.

In March of 2018, NFHA and three of its member organizations filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. in federal court in New York City, alleging that Facebook’s advertising platform enabled landlords and real estate brokers to exclude people of color, families with children, women, people with disabilities, and other protected groups from receiving housing ads. NFHA and its members were

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Settlement Reached in Federal Housing Lawsuit for Demand of Pregnancy Ultrasound Images

HOPE is pleased to announce joint settlements in January of 2019 in two federal lawsuits, concerning pregnancy and disability.

The first lawsuit involved multiple families in two Broward properties managed by the same company. In January 2018, HOPE was contacted by an expectant mother who lived at Sorrento Apartments in Miramar. Her lease was not being renewed because she had failed to disclose her pregnancy and had also failed to provide a doctor’s note confirming the pregnancy and an ultrasound picture. HOPE investigated, and in April 2018 filed a lawsuit with the assistance of attorney Matthew Dietz.

The case was featured on the media, locally and nationally, then three additional families contacted HOPE. One family had entered into a new lease at

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4/5/2019: Miami Dade Fair Housing Month event, including FREE workshop!

We’d like to announce our 26th annual Miami Dade Fair Housing Month event, including a FREE workshop!

26th Annual Miami-Dade County Fair Housing Month Celebration: “All Hands on Deck”

Friday, April 5, 2019

DoubleTree Biscayne Bay, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami, FL 33132

9:00am – 12:00pm: FREE Workshop

Miami-Dade County Fair Housing Enforcement – Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights

Affordable Housing: State of the Community – Evian White De Leon, Esq., Deputy Director, Miami Homes For All

Community Reinvestment in South Florida – Cornell Crews, Jr., Executive Director, Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida

The Color of Wealth in Miami – Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Executive

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Would you like to put your fair housing knowledge to the test? Check out the HOPE quiz and see what you know! Please click on the link that's right for your computer, PC (Windows) or Mac (Apple), to download our quiz -

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2019 HOPE Fair Housing Month Celebrations

Please join HOPE at our two annual Fair Housing Month celebrations - one in Miami-Dade County, one in Broward County. Both events will honor the passage, impact, and legacy of the Fair Housing Act - signed in April 1968 - and other fair housing laws. The Miami-Dade event will take place from 9am to 2pm on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Biscayne Bay DoubleTree in Miami. The Broward event will take place from 9am to 2pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Germack Event Venue in Davie.  We hope to see you there!  For more details, please call us at (305) 651-4673 in Miami-Dade and (954) 567-0545 in Broward.  Thank you!

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FREE upcoming training in Tampa – 2/26/19

Hope you're well! In addition to the training coming in Broward County, we'd like to announce a free training in Tampa: Fair Housing & Civil Rights Related Programs Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc) in partnership with City of Tampa Office of Human Rights and Hillsborough County Equal Opportunity Office.

This training is FREE, with a working lunch included! Please register quickly, as space is limited! This is a one-day training for recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance such as CDBG, NSP, and HOME.

The course will guide participants through an exploration into fair housing, civil rights, and disability related federal

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Connect with us on social media!

We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination! For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click this link to go directly to our page). For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (again, you can click this link to go directly to the page). Thank you!

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Click here to sign up for free HUD-sponsored training on February 19, 2019 in Broward County, FL

HOPE would like to announce an upcoming FREE training: Fair Housing & Civil Rights Related Programs Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. with special thanks to Consolidated Credit Solutions and Academy Mortgage Corporation.

This is a one-day training for recipients and sub-recipients of federal
financial assistance such as CDBG, NSP, and HOME. The course will guide
participants through an exploration into fair housing, civil rights, and
disability related federal regulations and laws.

Key Topics of Training:
-Fair Housing Act, Florida Fair Housing Act, Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and
1964, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act
-HUD’s Affirmative Fair Housing

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Florida man says landlady evicted him after finding out he’s gay

A North Florida man claims his landlady evicted him after discovering that he is gay. Randal Coffman, of Middleburg, Fla., said he moved into an apartment in the FoxMeadow Equestrian Estates in early December.

On Dec. 15, his landlady, Jackie Cooper, told him he couldn’t have female guests over late at night. Coffman replied that he wouldn’t have a problem abiding by Cooper’s rules, because he was gay. She then told him he had to leave because she objected to his sexual orientation. Coffman took out his phone and began recording the exchange. In the video, Cooper is heard saying, “And you didn’t tell me you were gay until yesterday?” “Why would I have to tell you I’m gay?” Coffman replies. “I don’t have to.” “Do you think I want homosexuals coming back and forth in my place

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Would you like to put your fair housing knowledge to the test? Check out the HOPE quiz and see what you know! Please click on the link that's right for your computer, PC (Windows) or Mac (Apple), to download our quiz -


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Justice Department files discrimination lawsuit over zoning ordinance targeting group homes

Federal officials have accused a New Orleans-area parish of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating against people with disabilities.  News outlets reports the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday against St. Bernard Parish in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.  The lawsuit says the parish failed to provide reasonable accommodations to its zoning ordinance, as officials repeatedly refused to allow two group homes for teenagers with mental and emotional disabilities to operate in single-family zoning districts. 

In a statement, the Justice Department says the homes satisfied all of Louisiana's relevant licensing requirements.  Parish Assistant District Attorney William McGoey says the DA’s office, which represents the parish in civil cases, does

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We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination! For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click this link to go directly to our page). For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (again, you can click this link to go directly to the page). Thank you!

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#GivingTuesday is November 27, 2018! Join the movement with HOPE!

#GivingTuesday2018 is on November 27! We would love your contributions to the fight against discrimination in housing, be they your time or your ideas or your financial support! Please call (305) 651-4673 or (954) 742-3778 or go to https://hopefhc.com/donations! Thank you!

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National Fair Housing Alliance Supports the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2018

The National Fair Housing Alliance supports the proposed bipartisan Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2018 co-sponsored by Senators Tim Kaine, D-Virginia and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The bill adds two additional protected classes - Veteran Status and Source of Income - to the Fair Housing Act. It will protect those who have served our country in the armed forces and families who rely on housing vouchers and other income assistance from discrimination. Having a federal law prohibiting these types of discrimination will help families and veterans across America gain access to much-needed housing opportunities.

In the United States, where you live matters. Where you live determines your life expectancy, household income, chances of being incarcerated, credit score, chances of becoming a

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Source of Income Victory

HOPE would like to congratulate Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI) and Jeff Hearne, LSGMI Director of Litigation, on the successful resolution of a source of income housing discrimination case. LSGMI filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program participant in Miami-Dade County Court against NJZ Enterprises, Inc. (owner), Renters’ Paradise Realty, Inc. (management company), and Wilfredo Rodriguez (realtor associate for Renters’ Paradise). The lawsuit was based on source of income, after the complainant was denied an opportunity to apply to rent a property because of his status as a voucher holder.

The lawsuit also included a claim regarding discriminatory advertising based on the use of “NO SECTION 8” when advertising apartments for rent. Source

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Do you know about fair housing? Play HOPE’s quiz game!

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Please support HOPE on Give Miami Day, 11/15/18!

HOPE is participating in Give Miami Day 2018! On November 15, 2018, please go to givemiamiday.org to support HOPE’s efforts to end housing discrimination! Thank you for your consideration!

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Connect with us on social media!

We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination! For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click this link to go directly to our page). For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (again, you can click this link to go directly to the page). Thank you!

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson wants more landlords to take housing vouchers

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly known as Section 8, is one most common ways tax dollars help lower-income Americans find a home. It covers rent anywhere a voucher holder can find a place to live -that's where the name "choice" comes in. In DC, landlords can collect rents of more than $2,600 for a one-bedroom apartment in neighborhoods like Georgetown.

But even the people who lead the program say sometimes, there’s no choice at all. “You know, I knew it was happening, but I didn't realize to that extent,” said Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“My first reaction was we have to do something about this,” Carson said. HUD is grappling with results of a first-of-its kind study showing landlords often say no to renters

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FREE Fair Housing & Civil Rights training for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance

We'd like to announce an upcoming FREE training: Fair Housing & Civil Rights Related Programs Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc) in partnership with the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

This is a one-day training for recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance such as CDBG, NSP, and HOME. The course will guide participants through an exploration into fair housing, civil rights, and disability related federal regulations and laws.

Key Topics of Training:
-Fair Housing Act (as amended), Florida Fair Housing Act, Civil Rights Act of 1866, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with

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Do you know about fair housing? Play HOPE’s quiz game!

Would you like to put your fair housing knowledge to the test? Check out the HOPE quiz and see what you know! Please click on the link that's right for your computer, PC (Windows) or Mac (Apple), to download our quiz -

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Appeal to court alleges Wells Fargo discriminated against Black borrowers in Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens has filed an appeal in a case, in which the city alleged Wells Fargo used discriminatory lending practices against its residents.

Wells Fargo dodged a Fair Housing Act lawsuit from Miami Gardens back in June 2014 when a federal judge ruled the city had insufficient evidence to support claims of discriminatory lending. The suit alleged the San Francisco-based bank charged higher mortgage rates to Black and Hispanic borrowers compared to their white counterparts who were similarly situated. Miami Gardens claimed that in turn, this led to decreased property values and caused a wave of foreclosures during the 2008 housing crisis. Now the third largest Black-populated city in the country is reviving the fight after filing a notice of appeal with the U.S Court of Appeals for

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HUD files formal complaint against Facebook for housing discrimination

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed a formal complaint against Facebook for allowing landlords to target specific racial groups or other demographic groups in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Facebook has previously faced lawsuits from housing groups after ProPublica reported in 2016 that advertisements for rental homes were targeting ads based on an "affinity" for demographics like African-American, Asian-American or Hispanic or excluding people interested in terms that could be associated with protected groups.

HUD's complaint specifically says that as of July 2018, Facebook's ad targeting tools allowed advertisers to show ads only to men or women, not show ads to users interested in terms associated with persons with disabilities, religions, having

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Emotional Support Animal Complaint Settles After Battle with Condo Association

HOPE is pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached in a disability complaint that HOPE filed with HUD on behalf of two of our clients, the Johnsons.

In February 2017, Mrs. Johnson contacted HOPE for assistance with a reasonable accommodation request made for her husband to have an emotional support animal (ESA). She also sought help regarding fines imposed by the condominium association because of the ESA. The Johnsons reside at a condominium community in Lauderhill, Florida. Mr. Johnson is a person with a disability who requires an emotional support animal.

The ESA was acquired on November 6, 2011. At the time the condominium community was pet- friendly. After a no-pet resolution was passed by the condo association board in April 2015, the association granted Mr.

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FREE Fair Housing & Civil Rights training for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance

We'd like to announce an upcoming FREE training: Fair Housing & Civil Rights Related Programs Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, presented by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc) in partnership with the City of Homestead, FL.

This is a one-day training for recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance such as CDBG, NSP, and HOME. The course will guide participants through an exploration into fair housing, civil rights, and disability related federal regulations and laws.

Key Topics of Training:
-Fair Housing Act (as amended), Florida Fair Housing Act, Civil Rights Act of 1866, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Lesbian couple files lawsuit after being denied housing in senior facility

A senior community has denied housing to a married lesbian couple who have been together for nearly four decades because of the couple’s sexual orientation, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, both of Shrewsbury, Missouri, say the Friendship Village senior living community, which has locations in Sunset Hills and Chesterfield, Missouri, denied occupancy to them to live at the Sunset Hills community in 2016 because their relationship violated its cohabitation policy that defines marriage as “the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible,” according to the lawsuit.

The case may mark the latest front-line legal clash in deciding questions of sex discrimination and religious freedoms, legal observers say.

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Justice Department files suit against landlord alleging sexual harassment

The Justice Department has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the owner of a rental property alleging his actions violated the Fair Housing Act, the Department announced Monday.

The Department names Randy Hames and his Cullman, Alabama rental property company, Hames Marina, LLC as defendants in the lawsuit.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, alleges that since 2011, Hames sexually harassed numerous women who lived on his rental property. The suit alleges he demanded or pressured female tenants to engage in sexual acts with him in exchange for rent or prevent eviction; evicting female tenants when they refused his advances; stalking female attendants and entering their residences without permission and making unwelcome sexual

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Civil Rights Groups Sue Bank of America for Violating the Fair Housing Act

Civil rights groups are coming together to bring a lawsuit against Bank of America (BofA) and Safeguard Properties Management. They claim that Safeguard and BofA violated the Fair Housing Act.

The National Fair Housing Alliance and two homeowners from Maryland filed a lawsuit against the two companies. The 19 groups that make up the Alliance claim the two companies failed to provide routine exterior maintenance for Bank of America-owned homes in minority neighborhoods across 37 metro areas. They also claim BofA and Safeguard failed to market the properties.

The National Fair Housing Alliance compared the properties with mostly white neighborhoods. The Alliance alleges BofA consistently maintained its homes in predominately white neighborhoods

The groups say they found shocking

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He threatened a Muslim family that planned to move to his Florida neighborhood. Now, he’ll go to prison.

Kaderbhai Ali Asgar left India to find a place where he'd be able grow as a chemical engineer, landing in a country he believed was "the land of the free."

His dreams mostly held true as he and his family made their lives in Tampa, Fla., until November 2016, when they were on the verge of moving to Davis Islands, an upscale island neighborhood near the city's downtown.

Asgar and his wife had entered into a contract for a house in the area, and had scheduled a final walk-through of the property with the two sellers, Asgar's wife's parents, two realtors, movers and a cleaning person. Asgar, who is Muslim, was wearing a topi, a woven cap with religious meaning, and his wife and mother-in-law wore headscarves.

But after they arrived at the house, a neighbor, who law enforcement

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What factors might be threatening the Fair Housing Act?

When the Fair Housing Act was passed on April 11, 1968, the goal was to both eliminate housing discrimination as well as encourage residential integration. While some progress has been made over the past 50 years, there is still a long way to go.


According to the 2018 Fair Housing Trends Report from the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), more than half a million housing discrimination complaints have been processed since 1996, and more than 28,000 housing discrimination complaints were reported in 2017 alone.


“Where one lives determines the likelihood you will attend and graduate from a good school; if you have access to healthy food, clean air, and healthcare; if affordable credit is available for homeownership and investment in

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22 states ban housing discrimination against gays, rights groups say in response to Rohrabacher statement

Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher ignited a firestorm when he said this month Congress shouldn’t extend fair housing protections to gays and lesbians.

But, California and 21 other states already have done so, according to two LGBTQ websites.

Currently, it’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in Rohrabacher’s home state as well as in such states as Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico and Utah, the sites say.

Twenty of those states, including California, also extend fair housing protections to people on the basis of “gender identity.”

Rohrabacher, a Republican seeking a 16th term in Congress, told Orange County Realtors delegation during a May 16 meeting at his Capitol Hill office he opposes a pending measure extending the U.S. Fair Housing Act to gays,

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No ultrasound, no lease? Woman loses apartment for not providing photo

A South Florida mother of three said she is being kicked to the curb because she didn't provide a ultrasound image to her landlord while she was pregnant.

Tiesha Davis was informed that her lease at Sorrento of Miramar isn't being renewed.

"Every day I'm going looking for apartments. I can't focus on my job. I can't focus on my children," Davis, who works full time, told Local 10 News.

Sorrento is a privately owned affordable housing complex built, in part, with tax dollars.

Because of a massive affordable housing shortage, it took Davis almost a year to get into Sorrento.

Davis said shortly after moving in, she got a call from Jose Galindo, the assistant property manager.

"He said, 'We're not going to renew your lease.' And I said, 'Why?'" Davis said. "He said, 'Because

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Despite Legal Protections, Black Families Face Housing Discrimination

In spite of decades of fair housing laws, studies in different cities have shown that black families still face routine discrimination when they attempt to use federal housing vouchers to rent an apartment.

Landlords in Washington, D.C., are more likely to deny access to housing, or to provide confusing or incorrect information, to black families seeking to use a voucher, according to a report released this week from the Equal Rights Center, which seeks to end discrimination in housing and employment.

The report tracked two sets of African-American families, with one group attempting to rent an apartment using a voucher to help subsidize the cost and the other set of families inquiring about an apartment without mentioning a voucher.

Discrimination based on source of

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Housing Discrimination, Redlining and Lack of Land Ownership Created the Racial Wealth Gap

The wealth gap between African-Americans and whites has persisted for generations, but new research indicates that housing discrimination is the main culprit for this gap. Predatory lending has prevented Blacks from accumulating the wealth that other racial groups have, and even today housing discrimination has never dissipated, despite federal laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1968, designed to stop it.

A 2017 study called “Up from Slavery? African American Intergenerational Economic Mobility Since 1880” traces back the income data of fathers and sons to 1880, which marked 15 years after the Civil War’s end. Authors William Collins and Marianne Wanamaker analyzed data from 1880 to 2000 to get a clearer look at which families achieved upward mobility in the years after the Civil

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For people of color, banks are shutting the door to homeownership

Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling for applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood, according to a mountain of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act records analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The yearlong analysis, based on 31 million records, relied on techniques used by leading academics, the Federal Reserve and Department of Justice to identify lending disparities.

It found a pattern of troubling denials for people of color across the country, including in major metropolitan areas such

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A new tool shows homebuyers and renters if a property is covered by LGBT nondiscrimination laws

When you’re looking to buy or rent a home, city and county boundaries may seem less important than a commute, school district, or tree-lined street. But for those in the LGBT community, one number in a ZIP code can mean the difference between being protected against discrimination and being left out in the cold. With a new feature launched Wednesday, Trulia, a site for real estate and rental listings, aims to help prospective homebuyers and renters find housing that’s covered by LGBT nondiscrimination laws. When searching for a home, the Local Legal Protections tool lets users see whether there are legal protections for housing, employment, and public accommodations regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. (Trulia uses the term “LGBT” instead of “LGBTQ,” as “queer” is a term not

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HUD Awards $37 Million to Fight Housing Discrimination

Grants will support more than 150 fair housing organizations nationwide


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today it is awarding $37 million to fight housing discrimination under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). These grants will support more than 150 national and local fair housing organizations working to confront violations of the Fair Housing Act.

These grants will allow the groups to provide Fair Housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales market, to file Fair Housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations. The education and outreach activities these organizations conduct also help to educate the public, housing providers and local governments about their rights and

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50 Years of Fair Housing – 2018 HOPE Fair Housing Month Celebrations

Please join HOPE at our two annual Fair Housing Month celebrations - one in Broward County, one in Miami-Dade County - commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. Both events are themed "50 Years of Fair Housing," and we will honor the passage, impact, and legacy of the Fair Housing Act, signed in 1968. The Broward event will take place from 9am to 2pm on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Signature Grand in Davie. The Miami-Dade event will take place from 9am to 2pm on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Jungle Island in Miami. Please come to mark the past half-century of this pivotal protection of your civil rights!

 

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Connect with us on social media!

We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination! For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click this link to go directly to our page). For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (again, you can click this link to go directly to the page). Thank you!

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Broward enacts new protections against housing discrimination

Broward County landlords can no longer refuse to rent to someone simply because that person is a military veteran or domestic violence victim.

Broward commissioners unanimously voted to expand the county’s housing anti-discrimination regulations Tuesday to ensure military personnel and returning veterans have access to housing and that victims of domestic assault aren’t victimized again.

The discrimination exists, said Wynnora Wilson of Legal Aid Service of Broward County, who has worked with a variety of housing programs.

“I saw firsthand … landlords actually enunciating that they would never rent to a veteran. I found that stunning, but there was absolutely nothing I could do,” Wilson said. “It’s ridiculous that the brave men and women who served this country and sometimes

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Do you know about fair housing? Play HOPE’s quiz game!

Would you like to put your fair housing knowledge to the test? Check out the HOPE quiz and see what you know! Please click on the link that's right for your computer, PC (Windows) or Mac (Apple), to download our quiz -

PC users:
https://hopefhc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/HOPE-questions-for-PC-Please-save-to-desktop-and-open.zip

Mac users:
https://hopefhc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/HOPE-questions-for-Mac-Please-save-to-desktop-and-open.zip

The quiz is a Flash animation contained in ZIP files at the links above; please send an e-mail to Rob at rob@hopefhc.com if you're having any issues accessing it. Thank you!

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TODAY is Give Miami Day! We at HOPE appreciate your support!

To help HOPE's work against housing discrimination, please go to http://givemiamiday.org/npo/hope-inc.  TODAY is Give Miami Day, a day to donate to organizations in Miami with the benefit of matching funds!  We appreciate your support!

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Please support HOPE on Give Miami Day, 11/16/17

HOPE is participating in Give Miami Day 2017!  On November 16, 2017, please go to givemiamiday.org to support HOPE’s efforts to end housing discrimination!  Thank you for your consideration!

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Proposed ‘Competitive Workforce Act’ would protect Florida LGBT individuals from discrimination

Last week, State Rep. Ben Diamond (D-St. Petersburg), filed the Competitive Workforce Act to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Florida law currently prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, or disability. State Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando,  (R Orlando) will co-sponsor the bill.

The Competitive Workforce Act is supported by Florida Competes, a coalition of nine Fortune 500 companies and more than 450 small businesses from across the state, Diamond said. Last year, 50 members of the Florida House signed on as co-sponsors to a similar bill – more than ever before.

“Florida businesses are strong supporters of this bill,” Diamond said. “Our businesses

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Connect with us on social media!

We invite you to add us on Facebook and Twitter, as we work towards eliminating housing discrimination!  For Facebook, please find us at HOPE, Inc. Fair Housing Center (you can click this link to go directly to our page).  For Twitter, please find us at @hope_fhc (again, you can click this link to go directly to the page).  Thank you!

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Which housing discrimination is illegal? Know your rights!

Housing discrimination laws cover rentals AND sales.  You are protected in cases of illegal discrimination at the hands of a current or potential housing provider.

The amended federal Fair Housing Act prohibits, nationally, any discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance, or advertising of housing on the basis of: Race · Color · National Origin · Religion · Disability · Sex · Familial Status (as in whether or not you have children)

Florida’s fair housing laws provide protection against discrimination on these additional bases: HIV Status

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HUD Report Finds People Living with Mental Disabilities Face Significant Rental Housing Discrimination

Persons living with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities continue to face significant housing discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new pilot study released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Rental Housing Discrimination on the Basis of Mental Disabilities: Results of Pilot Testing finds that when compared to people without mental disabilities, those persons who are living with mental disabilities receive fewer responses to their rental inquiries, are informed of fewer available units, and are less likely to be invited to contact the housing provider.  In addition, HUD’s study found that they are less likely to be invited to tour an available unit, are more likely to be steered to a different unit than

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Sun Sentinel interviews HOPE President & CEO Keenya Robertson, Esq. on fair housing protections in Broward County

Finding an affordable place to live can be tough and Broward County commissioners don’t want discriminatory practices to make it any harder.  Commissioners are considering expanding protections to veterans, victims of domestic violence and others who may be having trouble renting or buying to make sure they aren’t being treated unfairly.

“We know that there are some areas where there is still discrimination,” said Commissioner Nan Rich, who is behind the effort to create the new protections.

The federal government prohibits discrimination based on someone’s race, religion, sex, national origin, disability and whether or not they have children. The state includes protections based on a person’s HIV status. Broward already has additional protections covering marital status, political

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HUD swears in new assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development swore-in its new assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity Thursday.  Anna Maria Farías will take the new position after being confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate. HUD Secretary Ben Carson administered the oath of office to Farías.

Now, she will be responsible for leading the department’s work to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Anna Maria back home to HUD,” Carson said. “As she has in the past, Anna Maria will provide steady leadership and will advance HUD’s mission as a manifestation of our nation’s fair housing and civil rights laws.”

Previously, Farías served in senior roles at HUD under

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Miami Herald Interviews HOPE VP Daniel Howe Concerning Recent Lawsuit

Douglas Allen has lived in the same three-bedroom home in a quiet West Kendall suburb for 23 years. When the late-night parties at the vacant house next door started, he called police.

“We could smell marijuana and hear noises and loud music,” said Allen, 74. “The police would come and shut the parties down and everyone went home. But then a week or two later, it would happen again.”

Allen says the revelers were able to get into the property because the front doors weren’t locked and some of the windows had been smashed. So he called the county commissioner’s office in Kendall to complain. A few days later, the broken panes were boarded up. A digital turnkey lock used by Realtors was placed on the front door. A new gate barring access to the rear of the property was installed.

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National Effort to Hold Deutsche Bank Responsible for Neglect of Foreclosures in Communities of Color

HOPE and 18 other fair housing organizations joined the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) in the filing of an amended administrative with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) against Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank National Trust, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and Altisource Portfolio Solution, Inc.  The original complaint was filed against Deutsche Bank, et al. on February 26, 2014.

Today’s amended complaint adds Ocwen and Altisource as respondents in the 30 metropolitan areas. Deutsche Bank contracts with Ocwen and Altisource to provide preservation maintenance and marketing for the overwhelming majority of properties for which the Bank is listed as owner of record.  Also included is new evidence in support of

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2017 Fair Housing Trends Report

Every year, the National Fair Housing Alliance releases a report on trends in fair housing, including the most recent data on reported instances of housing discrimination in America.  In this 2017 Fair Housing Trends Report, we make The Case for Fair Housing.  To fully outline why fair housing is so imperative, this report covers the history of policies and practices that have made our communities so segregated and why that is such a harmful thing for our nation.  It also explains the mechanisms that are in place to combat housing discrimination and dismantle segregation.  We then cover the most recent data on fair housing complaints from private fair housing centers, DOJ, HUD and FHAP agencies.  Highlights of this data include:

There were 28,181

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NFHA Joins the Communities Against Hate Initiative

Dear Members and Supporters,

The surge of hate activity in communities all over the country following the 2016 elections has created an urgency for us to do something more to protect one another and foster peace and acceptance in our neighborhoods.  In the US, hate crimes are more likely to occur at a residence than any other location – 31.57% of hate incidents happen at someone’s home. That is almost double the rate of the next most likely place – a highway, road, or alley.  But most victims of hate activity who are harassed, threatened, intimidated, or whose home or apartment is vandalized, do not report it -- in part because they do not know that the federal Fair Housing Act protects them.

We need your help to turn that around.  The National Fair Housing Alliance

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Sen. Tim Kaine introduces legislation to protect LGBTQ people from housing discrimination

On June 9th, 2017, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing. A companion bill to bipartisan legislation introduced in March by Reps. Scott Taylor (R-VA) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Fair and Equal Housing Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics under the Fair Housing Act.

“In far too many places across the country, LGBTQ people are at risk of being denied housing or kicked out of their homes just because of who they are,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “What side of a state line you live

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Which housing discrimination is illegal? Know your rights!

Housing discrimination laws cover rentals AND sales.  You are protected in cases of illegal discrimination at the hands of a current or potential housing provider.

The amended federal Fair Housing Act prohibits, nationally, any discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance, or advertising of housing on the basis of: Race · Color · National Origin · Religion · Disability · Sex · Familial Status (as in whether or not you have children)

Florida’s fair housing laws provide protection against discrimination on these additional bases: HIV Status

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Supreme Court Rules Miami Can Sue for Predatory Lending

On May 1, 2017, The Supreme Court ruled that Miami can sue two banks for predatory lending under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

The case arose from the 2008 financial crisis. Miami sued Bank of America and Wells Fargo, saying that their discriminatory mortgage lending practices had led to a disproportionate number of defaults by minority home buyers and, in turn, to financial harm to the city.


Even as the majority of justices ruled that Miami was entitled to sue under the housing law, the court declined to decide whether the city had asserted a direct enough connection between the banks’ actions and the harm it claimed. The court sent the case back to the federal appeals court in Atlanta

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson addresses the potential cuts in his department

President Donald Trump has recommended the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) make massive cuts to its budget.

Miami CBS4 Anchor Rudabeh Shahbazi spoke with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson about whether that will lead to homelessness and what he plans to do differently.

Here is their conversation:

RS: President Trump has recommended cutting the HUD budget by 13 percent, or more than $6 billion.  The National Low Income Housing Initiative estimates that under that plan, more than 200,000 seniors, families, people with disabilities, might be at immediate risk of eviction and homelessness.  What’s your response to that?

BC: There is going to be a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill, and housing is a very significant portion of that. And so I don’t think that there’s

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Happy Fair Housing Month from all of us at HOPE!

Happy Fair Housing Month 2017 to you!  To learn more about Fair Housing Month, please click here.  To learn more about our events celebrating Fair Housing Month, please click here.

Thank you!

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We hope to see you at our Fair Housing Month events in April 2017!

HOPE's annual Fair Housing Month celebrations (one in Broward County, one in Miami-Dade County) are quickly approaching!  Here are details:

 

Broward County event, “Championing our Future”

Friday, April 7, 2017 · Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317

8:30am – 2:30pm: Workshop, followed by luncheon

The 2017 Broward County Fair Housing Celebration is HOPE Fair Housing Center's annual fair housing education workshop and luncheon for Broward County housing providers, agencies, and industry professionals.

Space is limited. A minimum number of attendees per organization will apply. For sponsorship opportunities or additional information, please contact Rita Scott at rita@hopefhc.com

 

 

Miami-Dade County event, “Opening Doors”

Friday,

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HUD settles with Florida company that denied insurance coverage to certain properties

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced agreements with two insurance companies in Ohio and Florida settling allegations the companies violated the Fair Housing Act by denying insurance coverage to properties that contain “subsidized housing” and “low-income housing.”

Read the conciliation agreement with McGowan and Company, based in Fairview Park, Ohio.
Read the conciliation agreement with Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance Group based in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for providers of housing-related services or products, including insurance providers, to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status.

The agreements stemmed from a Secretary-Initiated

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Which housing discrimination is illegal? Know your rights!

Housing discrimination laws cover rentals AND sales.  You are protected in cases of illegal discrimination at the hands of a current or potential housing provider.

The amended federal Fair Housing Act prohibits, nationally, any discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance, or advertising of housing on the basis of: Race · Color · National Origin · Religion · Disability · Sex · Familial Status (as in whether or not you have children)

Florida’s fair housing laws provide protection against discrimination on these additional bases: HIV Status

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HOPE Sues Large Property Management Company for Discrimination Against Families with Children

Following an investigation in the Fall of 2016, HOPE has filed a federal housing discrimination lawsuit against the large property management company Centennial Management. After receiving a complaint regarding a couple with children who went to an apartment managed by Centennial with rules limiting the number of people per bedroom, HOPE investigated that complex and thirteen of the company’s other properties in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The investigation revealed that Centennial’s policies and practices restricted apartment occupancy to less than two people per bedroom in many of their developments. This practice tends to make fewer dwellings available to families with children and force them into leasing higher-priced, larger-sized apartments.

The lawsuit filed against

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HOPE to host annual Fair Housing Month events this April!

Please join us for our 2017 Fair Housing Month events!

Broward County: Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Signature Grand in Davie

Miami-Dade County: Friday, April 28, 2017 at Jungle Island in Miami

Please call (305) 651-4673 for more details!

Hope to see you there!

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The fair housing laws protect people who are immigrants, refugees, and people of all religious faiths

Federal, state, and local fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on national origin, religion, and ancestry. For a complete list of all the people protected from discrimination, click here.*

The fair housing laws protect people who are immigrants, refugees, and people of all religious faiths.

Call HOPE at (305) 651-4673 if you think you have been the victim of housing discrimination because you are an immigrant or a refugee, because of where you are from, or because of your religious faith.

The fair housing laws protect you regardless of your immigration status.

It is illegal for a landlord to treat you differently because of your immigration status, national origin, or religion. That means people involved in renting homes cannot:

refuse to rent

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JP Morgan to Pay $55 Million to Settle Mortgage Discrimination Complaint

JP Morgan Chase & Co has agreed a $55 million settlement for a US Justice Department lawsuit. The lawsuit accused the company of discriminating against minority borrowers, allowing mortgage brokers to charge more for mortgages.

The US Justice Department complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court, accusing the bank of willfully violating the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the US Fair Housing Act between 2006 and 2009. According to the complaint, this showed disregard for the rights of at least 53,000 Hispanic and African-American borrowers.

JP Morgan denies any wrongdoing and has stated it is committed to providing equal access to credit. It has agreed to settle these allegations in relating to pricing set by independent brokers. Apparently, the alleged discrimination

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HUD charges Bank of America with lending discrimination

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday that it is charging Bank of America and two of its employees with discriminating against Hispanic mortgage borrowers.

The charges stem from a complaint filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance, which conducted a series of “secret shopper” tests where Hispanic and non-Hispanic individuals, posing as prospective mortgage borrowers, attempted to get a mortgage from a Bank of America branch in Charleston, South Carolina.  According to the National Fair Housing Alliance and HUD, Hispanic prospective mortgage borrowers were given inferior loan options when compared to non-Hispanic prospective borrowers.

Specifically, the NFHA claimed that bank discriminated against prospective borrowers who are Hispanic by failing to

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HOPE files federal lawsuit for housing discrimination against families with children

Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE) has joined a family denied housing in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit against Centennial Management. After receiving a complaint regarding a couple with children who went to an apartment managed by Centennial with rules limiting the number of people per bedroom, HOPE investigated that complex and thirteen of the company’s other properties in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The investigation revealed that Centennial’s policies and practices restricted apartment occupancy to less than two people per bedroom in many of their developments. This practice tends to make fewer dwellings available to families with children and force them into leasing higher-priced, larger-sized apartments.

The lawsuit filed against Centennial

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Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 20 local fair housing organizations from across the United States have filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against Fannie Mae in federal district court in San Francisco, California. The lawsuit alleges that Fannie Mae purposely fails to maintain its foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or “REO” properties) in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods to the same level of quality it does for foreclosures it owns in white middle- and working-class neighborhoods. The data supporting the federal lawsuit, which includes substantial photographic evidence, shows a stark pattern of discriminatory conduct by Fannie Mae in the maintenance of its foreclosures.

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The lawsuit is the result of

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HUD files charges for discrimination in Hollywood, Florida

In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is charging landlords in South Florida with discrimination against tenants with disabilities. Rather than a tenant-based allegation, the charge reflects concerns about a visitor who travels with an emotional support animal.

HUD charged three entities in the Florida case: the owner of Hillcrest East Building No. 22, a multifamily development in Hollywood, Florida; the property’s management company, Rhodes Management; and a previous president of the homeowners’ association. The housing discrimination allegation claims they failed to make reasonable accommodations, published discriminatory notices and statements, and attempted to intimidate and retaliate against two family members who filed a

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Supreme Court hears arguments about Miami suing banks over lending

Supreme Court justices signaled they may divide over the ability of cities to use the Fair Housing Act to sue banks for discriminatory lending practices.

The high court grappled Tuesday, November 8, 2016 with a case that grew out of the subprime mortgage crisis.

A federal appeals court read the Fair Housing Act as giving Miami the right to sue Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. Miami says the banks targeted minorities for riskier loans, leading to foreclosures that cost the city property-tax revenue and forced it to spend more on police and fire services.

Some of the liberal justices indicated that they would vote to let the cases go forward.

“Everything about this complaint is about racial segregation, it seems to me,” Justice Elena Kagan said.

But Chief Justice

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Please support HOPE, Inc. on Give Miami Day 2016!

Give Miami Day is the largest annual giving event in the Southeast United States. Held online, Give Miami Day allows all individuals in our community to make a philanthropic impact by collectively supporting local nonprofit organizations. In 2015, Give Miami Day raised $7.1 million for more than 600 local nonprofits. Nearly 17,000 donors spanning the city, nation and globe participated in the multi-million dollar movement.  The Miami Foundation fundraises to provide a bonus gift on every donation made by donors, so dollars are stretched even further! In addition, there are $25,000 in cash prizes available throughout the day.

This year’s Give Miami Day will take place on November 17, 2016. 24 hours of giving begins at 12 a.m. on November 17 and ends at 12 a.m. on November 18,

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$2 million will go to Florida agencies that carry out investigations and test for illegal activities under the Fair Housing Act

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $38 million under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to confront discriminatory housing practices.

Of that $38 million, $2 million will go to local Florida agencies that carry out investigations and test for illegal activities under the Fair Housing Act. An additional $300,000 is earmarked for education and outreach.

HUD provided competitive funding in three categories: Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI), Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) and Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI). In Florida, no agency received an FHOI grant.

"Working closely with our fair housing partners on the ground, the investments we make today are a strong step forward to put an end to housing

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Advocates Applaud HUD Guidance on Housing Discrimination Over English Proficiency

Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights groups welcomed new federal guidance issued last week on housing discrimination against people with limited proficiency in English.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said Thursday that housing providers and landlords could be violating the Fair Housing Act if they use someone's limited ability to read, speak, or write English as a pretext for providing unequal treatment based on race or national origin.

Nearly one-third of Asian Americans and nine percent of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have limited proficiency in English, according to the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

"Having a limited ability to speak English should never be a reason to be denied a home," Gustavo

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HUD announces new protections for victims of harassment and survivors of domestic violence

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is publishing a final rule formalizing legal standards under the Fair Housing Act for sexual and other forms of harassment in housing.  In addition, HUD is issuing Fair Housing Act guidance on local ‘nuisance ordinances’ that may lead to housing discrimination against survivors of domestic violence and other persons in need of emergency services.

HUD is issuing its Nuisance Guidance as the country marks the 22ndanniversary of the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA). Through the VAWA 2013 reauthorization, protections have been expanded to nearly all HUD programs. Previously, only residents of public housing and Section 8 tenant-based and project-based programs were covered.

HUD’s final

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Housing discrimination, caught on tape…

Watch as a black man and a white man go undercover to expose real-estate agents who give preferential treatment based on race.  This short, simple video shows how discrimination can happen without any shouting, any name-calling, or any reason otherwise to know that it has occurred: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0zmL62C2GE

Instead of a “Keep Out” sign, housing discrimination usually comes hidden behind a friendly smile and a handshake. Maybe you’re told that you’ll get a call back about your moving into an apartment or buying a home (because the law covers rentals AND sales), but you just don't get that call.  Ever.  Or perhaps you’ve been clearly told that a home is unavailable to you, yet you learn that it’s actually still being advertised or listed.  Or somebody suggests "another

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Which housing discrimination is illegal? Know your rights!

Housing discrimination laws cover rentals AND sales.  You are protected in cases of illegal discrimination at the hands of a current or potential housing provider.

The amended federal Fair Housing Act prohibits, nationally, any discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance, or advertising of housing on the basis of: Race · Color · National Origin · Religion · Disability · Sex · Familial Status (as in whether or not you have children)

Florida’s fair housing laws provide protection against discrimination on these additional bases: HIV Status

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United States Supreme Court to Consider City of Miami Lawsuit

In December of 2013, the City of Miami sued Bank of America, CitiGroup, and Wells Fargo in federal court, alleging that the banks violated the Fair Housing Act by specifically going after minorities with undesirable home loans. This practice, the lawsuits alleged, resulted in harm to the City in the forms of lost tax revenue and increased municipal costs in dealing with the problems associated with large numbers of foreclosed, sometimes-illegally occupied, largely neglected properties. At the time, the City of Miami had this to say: “While these banks were generating substantial revenue from the issuance of predatory mortgages, the City of Miami was losing significant revenue and incurring costs that have not been reimbursed.” These lawsuits were covered in the 56th Edition of HOPE

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$10 Million Settlement for Mortgage Lending Discrimination

Settlement Provides Over $10 Million in Monetary Relief Including Loan Subsidies and Compensation for Alleged Victims
Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reach Settlement with BancorpSouth Bank to Resolve Allegations of Mortgage Lending Discrimination

The Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement agreement today to resolve allegations that BancorpSouth Bank violated the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by using policies and practices that unlawfully discriminated against African Americans and other residents of predominantly minority communities in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, as well as parts of neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas.

The department and the CFPB alleged that

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USA Today: Discrimination Persists in Mortgage Lending and Housing

“The public also has a right to know the identity of the banks that discriminate. Why are they being protected?”


-Alexander Roberts, executive director, Community Housing Innovations

Discrimination persists in mortgage lending and housing in the Lower Hudson Valley, potentially making it harder for certain groups of people to find homes here, according to two reports issued this week.

The reports were released by Westchester Residential Opportunities, a nonprofit with offices in White Plains and Mount Vernon, and were based on investigations funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"We're very concerned that there's very limited affordable and accessible housing in Westchester," said Marlene Zarfes, WRO’s

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HOPE appears before the Third District Court of Appeal (DCA) for the State of Florida

In addition to hosting Fair Housing Month events in April 2016, HOPE appeared before the Third District Court of Appeal (DCA) for the State of Florida.  The issue before the court was whether the Florida Fair Housing Act requires exhaustion of administrative remedies with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) before an individual can file a complaint in state court.  On behalf of HOPE, attorney Matthew Dietz argued that victims of housing discrimination have the choice to file in an administrative tribunal or go directly to court.  Also participating in oral argument as amicus curiae (friend of the court) was Cheyanne Costilla, General Counsel for FCHR, who also argued against the administrative exhaustion requirement.  The Housing Umbrella Group of Florida Legal Services, Inc.

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HOPE Complainants with Disabilities Fight For Their Rights

On August 4, 2015, Richard and Patricia Rogala filed a fair housing complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Broward County Human Rights Section against Riverside North Apartment, Inc. HOPE represented the Rogalas in this complaint. The complaint alleged that the Riverside North board of directors denied the Rogalas’ reasonable accommodation request for an assigned parking space nearest to their apartment. Mr. Rogala requires such a parking space because his disability makes walking difficult. The federal Fair Housing Act and the Broward County Human Rights Code of Ordinances make it illegal to deny reasonable accommodation requests made by people with disabilities who need them.

The Rogalas entered into a conciliation agreement with

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Denying Housing Over Criminal Record May Be Discrimination, HUD Says

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is making it easier for people with criminal records to find housing.

In new guidance, released Monday, HUD tells landlords and home sellers that turning down tenants or buyers based on their criminal records may violate the Fair Housing Act.

People with criminal records aren't a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, and the guidance from HUD's general counsel says that in some cases, turning down an individual tenant because of his or her record can be legally justified.

But blanket policies of refusing to rent to anybody with a criminal record are de facto discrimination, the department says — because of the systemic disparities of the American criminal justice system.

For the official HUD guidance, please

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2016 Fair Housing Month Celebrations

HOPE is happy to announce the 2016 dates of our annual celebrations of April as National Fair Housing Month!  For our Broward County event, themed "Reaching New Heights," we will be gathering on Friday, April 1 at Signature Grand in Davie.  For more information, please call (954) 567-0545.  The Miami-Dade County event, themed "Taking it to the Streets," will be on Friday, April 22 at Jungle Island in Miami.  Please call (305) 651-4673 for more information.

Thank you; hope to see you there!

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Recent Work Includes Discrimination Lawsuits Against Design Place and Others

Recent investigations at Design Place near Miami’s Little Haiti and Design District neighborhoods, Creek Club near Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, Nile Gardens near North Miami, and Aventura Harbor near North Miami Beach have shown just how prevalent housing discrimination still is...

Day in and day out, based out of offices near Miami Shores in Miami-Dade and Sunrise in Broward, HOPE’s staff is fighting discrimination by letting people know their rights, doing complaint intake, and giving referrals to services and resources. Sometimes, this work leads to investigations and lawsuits, and from the tail end of 2014 through the fall of 2015, HOPE filed four separate lawsuits against apartment owners for racial discrimination. But please note: housing discrimination is also

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Join us for an open conversation about discrimination!

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, join HOPE and other entities for a general conversation about discrimination, open to all! This is an opportunity for the public to give and get perspective on discrimination of all kinds: what it looks like, what’s actually been happening, and what people can do about it. This event is being hosted from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the LGBT Visitor Center at 1130 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

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Remembering Shirley Taylor-Prakelt

The HOPE Fair Housing Center family mourns the loss of Shirley Taylor Prakelt. Those familiar with HOPE’s history know that the organization was created by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to Miami-Dade County. The County employee responsible for writing that grant proposal at the time was Shirley Taylor-Prakelt.

Shirley dedicated over 30 years at the local government level to implementing neighborhood revitalization, redevelopment programs, and a myriad of housing programs. She fought for the removal of discriminatory housing practices and furthering housing choice for all. A public servant with a vast knowledge of housing policy, Shirley served as a model for affordable housing advocates and professionals. We salute her life's

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HOPE Provides Grant to Create Wynwood Community Garden

In the Fall of 2015, HOPE partnered with FoodScape Designs to build the Edible Forest Garden that will be located at the Jose de Diego Middle School in Wynwood. FoodScape Designs is a Miami, Florida-based firm that has designed and created “highly productive ecological landscapes since 2010.” Two volunteer teachers and fifty students are bringing FoodScape’s vision to life in the plaza at the center of the middle school inside two large planters and two smaller, rectangular clearings.

The students will grow bananas, spinach, boniato, papaya, pigeon pea, garlic, cassava, blackberries, blueberries and such exotics as acerola, jujube, chaya, pitomba, grumichama, and cacao in their garden. The students have begun working by shoveling rich brown mulch into the planters.

The

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HOPE Appears at Broward Affordable Housing Task Force 2015 HOME Expo

The Broward Affordable Housing Task Force is made up of diverse housing industry professionals committed to promoting and supporting services and programs related to Broward residents attaining affordable housing.

One of the organization’s annual offerings is the Broward Affordable Housing Task Force HOME Expo. The October 2015 event was sponsored by 25 industry-related non-profits, banking institutions, real estate agencies, housing authorities, and local government entities.

In an effort to extend outreach throughout Broward County, the Task Force selects a different municipality to host the event each year. Sunrise, FL was selected for the 2015 HOME Expo. Over 200 people came out to the City of Sunrise Civic Center where they received valuable information from community

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HOPE Proud to Receive Multiple Community Awards

HOPE was honored to be recognized twice recently by area organizations! In October of 2015, HOPE received the Impact Award at the 4th Annual South Florida Community Development Corporation (SFCDC) Awards for Excellence in Community Development. SFCDC is a local nonprofit dedicated to building communities.

Then in November, HOPE received the Grand Champion Award at the Collective Empowerment Group (CEG) 10th Anniversary Dinner Celebration. CEG is a consortium of churches engaged in a broad range of programs pursuing social and economic justice for all.

 

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HOPE Files Federal Lawsuit for Racial Discrimination at Aventura Apartments (please click here to get to press release)

A federal lawsuit was filed today by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. ("HOPE"), a private, not-for-profit fair housing organization, three African American testers, and African American housing seekers against the owners (Beverly Hills Club Apartments, LLC), property management company (United Property Management Group), property manager (Idlalio Rivero), and a leasing agent (Katerina Garciga) of Aventura Harbor Apartments for discriminating against African Americans.


 

Full press release: HOPE Press Release- Aventura Harbor (07116062) (07116076xB3B17)

 

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Thumbs up! HUD Settles Racial Discrimination Case Against Aqua Vista in North Miami Beach

On June 3 of this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its having reached a settlement with Aqua Vista Townhomes Condominium Association in North Miami Beach. At the center of the case was President Daniella Adams, acting on behalf of the association board of directors for the property, which is located at 2046 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Adams was alleged to have attempted to deny Black and Hispanic people the opportunity to live at the property through constant harassment and discriminatory remarks.

The settlement is the resolution of a complaint that was filed by HUD on July 12, 2013. In the complaint, it was alleged that Adams specifically targeted Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program participants who were Black and

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Major Victory Against Discriminatory Housing Management in North Dade

In June of 2014, HOPE, with residents of the 183/187 St. Apartments in Miami Gardens and 22 Ave. Apartments in Opa-Locka, filed a federal lawsuit against defendants Charter Realty, Miami Property Group, and manager Paulette Gopaul for discriminating against families with children, domestic violence victims, and persons with disabilities.

The defendants had unfair rules about children. Toys were to be disposed of without notice. Children could not play in common areas, always had to be with an adult (even on the playground), and had to use the pool during pool hours that were during school hours. Additionally, children had to be in their apartments by dark or 9:00 PM, with no exceptions.

The defendants also had rules for eviction due to threats, crimes in the apartment, violence, and

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HOPE Files HUD Complaint Against Fannie Mae

On May 13, 2015, HOPE, Inc. and 19 other organizations filed a HUD complaint against Fannie Mae, alleging that the government-sponsored enterprise marketed and maintained its foreclosures in neighborhoods of color in a significantly inferior manner compared to those it owned in predominantly White neighborhoods throughout the United States. The National Fair Housing Alliance, HOPE, and 18 other fair housing agencies investigated 2,106 properties owned by Fannie Mae around the United States, examining 39 types of marketing and maintenance deficiencies affecting curb appeal, safety, security, home value and marketability.

HOPE conducted investigations of sixty-four properties in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties from 2012 to 2014 that provided evidence for the complaint. Fannie Mae’s role

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2015 Fair Housing Month Events

This past April, HOPE hosted another pair of yearly celebrations for National Fair Housing Month – one in Broward County and one in Miami-Dade County.

2015 Broward County Fair Housing Month Celebration

April is Fair Housing Month, and as part of its fair housing awareness campaign, HOPE, with co-sponsors Broward County Finance & Community Development and Broward County Human Rights, offered a professional development training and luncheon for industry professionals on April 3. The event included relevant fair housing workshops, recognition and awards to fair housing advocates, and gains and strides enforcing the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 in Broward County.

The 2015 theme, “A Movement Toward Change,” signified deliberate local efforts to reach and teach the

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HOPE Sues Miami’s Creek Club & Opa-locka’s Nile Gardens Apartments for Racial Discrimination

On April 11, 1968, seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and Title VIII of the Act is known as the Fair Housing Act. For this reason, the month of April is National Fair Housing Month, and during April of this year, Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. continued the battle against discrimination.

The struggle for equality pushed on with HOPE’s federal lawsuit against Miami’s Creek Club Apartments, Inc. and Opa-locka’s Nile Gardens, LLC for discrimination. HOPE’s investigations showed that these housing providers specifically made units unavailable to African-Americans. This lawsuit is HOPE’s seventh in under three years, and discrimination against African-Americans was the

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HOPE Fair Housing Center

Hello and welcome to HOPE, Inc.! We fight housing discrimination to ensure your civil rights.  Hola y bienvenidos a HOPE, Inc.! Luchamos contra la discriminación de vivienda para garantizar sus derechos civiles.  Bonjour et bienvenue à HOPE, Inc! Nous battons discrimination dans le logement pour assurer vos droits civils. Are you a victim of discrimination?  Call today!  We cover all of Miami-Dade - (305) 651-4673, and Broward - (954) 567-0545. Hello and welcome to HOPE, Inc.! We fight housing discrimination to ensure your civil rights. Our agency is the only full-service non-profit fair housing agency servicing Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. HOPE does this through a three-tiered strategy of (1) Education and Outreach, (2) Private Enforcement, and (3) Intake and Counseling. Thanks to

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