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Justice Department resolves fair housing claims against Florida – Press Releases

The Department of Justice announced that the Concord Court at Creative Village Partners LTD., Concord Management LTD., affiliates and a real estate manager have agreed to pay $265,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the law by families with children discriminated against about fair housing by unlawfully imposing restrictions on minors in an Orlando, Florida apartment complex. The complex, Amelia Court at Creative Village, is a tax credit development for low-income housing with more than 250 market-leading and affordable units.

Under the consent order, which has yet to be approved by the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the defendants will pay $260,000 to residents harmed by their practices and pay a civil penalty to the government to protect the public interest to justify. The settlement also requires defendants to implement anti-discrimination policies and provide fair housing training to employees with managerial or leasing responsibilities at more than 80 residential rental properties they own or operate in Florida.

“Families with children should not be discriminated against when it comes to accessing or living in affordable housing,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice will continue to fight for fair housing rights for families across the country.”

“Discriminatory practices that deny families equal and fair access to housing and all of their available amenities are inexcusable,” said US Attorney Roger Handberg for the Middle District of Florida. “The US Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our partners to ensure that national fair housing laws are enforced throughout our district.”

“Families with children should not be denied full use and enjoyment of their homes because of discrimination,” said Demetria L. McCain, deputy assistant secretary of HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD…

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