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Case Name Christian Community Action v. Cisneros PH-CT-0001
Docket / Court 3:91CV00296 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Public Housing
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
In 1991, plaintiffs brought this action under the Fair Housing Act. Plaintiffs alleged a housing demolition and replacement plan for the former Elm Haven high-rises in New Haven was being carried out in violation of the Fair Housing Act and HUD siting requirements, as the local housing authority ... read more >
In 1991, plaintiffs brought this action under the Fair Housing Act. Plaintiffs alleged a housing demolition and replacement plan for the former Elm Haven high-rises in New Haven was being carried out in violation of the Fair Housing Act and HUD siting requirements, as the local housing authority began to locate replacement housing in segregated neighborhoods.

The Court approved the parties' settlement agreement in July 1995. The settlement consisted of two primary elements: 1) a scattered-site housing remedy, requiring defendants to place all of the remaining replacement housing units outside areas of minority concentration within the city, and 2) a regional housing mobility program, including approximately 450 new Section 8 certificates earmarked for use outside areas of minority concentration, including the New Haven suburbs, along with a HUD- funded mobility counseling program to be administered by a local non-profit agency. The settlement also included a variety of related fair housing provisions.

In 2006, the plaintiffs moved to enforce the settlement, alleging failure to complete 30 housing units. In December 2007, the motion was terminated and the parties filed a stipulation and agreement resolving their issues. No information is available regarding this agreement.

There has been no action in this case since 2008.

Noel Ripberger - 02/23/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Housing Authority
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Housing
Housing assistance
Racial segregation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Secretary of Housing and Defendany
Plaintiff Description Individuals discriminated against in public housing.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Insurer Must Pay $100.5 Million in Redlining Case
The New York Times
Written: Oct. 27, 1998
By: Joseph B. Treaster
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Monitoring Housing Desegregation Litigation Settlements
By: Philip Tegeler and Shelly White
Citation: 8 Poverty & Race 5 (1999)
[ Detail ]

  Nationwide Settles Virginia Redlining Suit
Property Casualty 360
Written: May. 06, 2000
By: Amanda Levin
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Urban Institute Baseline Assessment of Public Housing Desegregation Cases
By: George Galster et al. (Urban Institute, Housing and Urban Development (HUD))
Citation: (2000)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:91-cv-296 (D. Conn.) 01/28/2008
PH-CT-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement 11/17/2006
PH-CT-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Covello, Alfred V. (D. Conn.)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Falk, Glenn W. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
McGuire, David J. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Newman, Jonel (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Redman, Renee Colette (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
White, Shelley (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-0001 | PH-CT-0001-9000
Yetzer, Jody Lynn (New York)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Barbato, Linsley J. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Baxter, Felix (District of Columbia)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Bell, Aileen M. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Berchem, Jonathan David (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Brigham, Christopher L. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Cochran, Frank (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
DelVisco, James S. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Echter, Martin S. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Goldberg, Arthur Robert (District of Columbia)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Griffin, Nancy L. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Mastroni, Kenneth J. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Mednick, Steven G. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Osler, Lois B. (District of Columbia)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Philpot, W. Martyn Jr. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Samalot, Steven Louis (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Sitcov, Michael (District of Columbia)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Stires, Hannah A. (District of Columbia)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Tegeler, Philip D. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-0001 | PH-CT-0001-9000
Ude, Thomas W. Jr. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Whitney, James C. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Winterbottom, Edmund E. (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Wong, Mee Carolyn (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Young, Rolan Joni (Connecticut)
PH-CT-0001-9000
Other Lawyers Ude, Thomas W. Jr. (New York)
PH-CT-0001-9000

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