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CUOMO ANNOUNCES HUD ACTION ON FOUR HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASES IN FOLLOW-UP TO CRACKDOWN ANNOUNCED BY PRESIDENTWASHINGTON -- Following up on President Clinton's pledge to crack down on housing discrimination across the nation, Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced the successful resolution of four complaints in Alabama, Pennsylvania, Arizona and California.
"At President Clinton's direction, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced an intensified campaign against housing discrimination this month," Cuomo said. "Now we are following through on that commitment."
"We will not allow racism and bigotry to stop families across this nation from living in any home, in any apartment or in any neighborhood they can afford," Cuomo said. "Housing discrimination is an ugly part of America's past that has no place in our nation's present or future."
Cuomo announced the following enforcement agreements were obtained by HUD after individuals filed complaints alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act:
The Fair Housing Act bars housing discrimination on account of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status and national origin.
The act covers the sale, rental, financing and advertising of almost all housing in the nation. Fair housing investigations are conducted by HUD investigators, state and city agencies working with HUD, and private fair housing groups that receive HUD funds.
"Many victims of housing discrimination don't realize they've been discriminated against, and many people are unfamiliar with the Fair Housing Act," Cuomo said. "We want to alert people that HUD, fair housing groups and state and local agencies will work to make sure their legal right to be free from discrimination is enforced."
People who believe they have been harmed by housing discrimination can file complaints with HUD. HUD operates a toll-free national hotline to take complaints, in both English and Spanish, at 1-800-669-9777.
Cuomo said the new crackdown will further President Clinton's goal of boosting the minority homeownership rate, by removing barriers of prejudice that act as a roadblock to minority homeownership.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009