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Case Name United States v. Housing Authority of the City of Eastman, Georgia FH-GA-0008
Docket / Court 3:10-cv-075 ( S.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On September 07, 2010, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601, against the Eastman Housing Authority ("EHA") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. (Judge Dudley H. Bowen, Dublin Division). The Defendant maintains and owns ... read more >
On September 07, 2010, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601, against the Eastman Housing Authority ("EHA") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. (Judge Dudley H. Bowen, Dublin Division). The Defendant maintains and owns nine public housing developments in the City of Eastman and surrounding areas. The Plaintiff claimed that the Defendant engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination based on race or color in connection with the rental of dwellings in EHA housing developments. Specifically, the Plaintiff alleges the Defendants steered applicants and residents to housing complexes on the basis of race and color; 2) selected white applicants over eligible black applicants who had higher positions on the EHA waiting list so that white applicants could be placed in vacant housing units ; 3) selected black applicants over white applicants on the EHA waiting list so that white applicants would not be housed in vacant units in majority black complexes; and 4) provided inferior treatment to black tenants in the terms, conditions and/or privileges of rental of EHA properties. The Plaintiff sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief.

The parties announced a settlement the same day the Complaint was filed, and on October 18, 2010, the Court (Judge Bowen) approved a five year consent decree. In addition to general prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of race or color, and the use of HUD-approved policies with respect to applications and admissions, record-keeping and permission to inspect, the decree required the Defendant to pay $320,000 into an escrow to compensate persons harmed the EHA's discriminatory rental practices.

The case was closed on October 18, 2010.

Stacey McClurkin - 12/20/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Steering
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Racial segregation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
White
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) Housing Authority of the City of Eastman, GA
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice on behalf of applicants for rental property.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2010 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:10-cv-00075 (S.D. Ga.) 09/07/2010
FH-GA-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/07/2010
FH-GA-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Consent Decree 10/18/2010
FH-GA-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges Barfield, W. Leon (S.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
FH-GA-0008-9000
Bowen, Dudley Hollingsworth Jr. (S.D. Ga.)
FH-GA-0008-0002 | FH-GA-0008-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)
FH-GA-0008-0001 | FH-GA-0008-0002 | FH-GA-0008-9000
Crowder, Kenneth D. (Georgia)
FH-GA-0008-0001 | FH-GA-0008-0002 | FH-GA-0008-9000
O'Beirne, Patricia (District of Columbia)
FH-GA-0008-0001 | FH-GA-0008-0002 | FH-GA-0008-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-GA-0008-9000
Tarver, Edward J. (Georgia)
FH-GA-0008-0001 | FH-GA-0008-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, C. Michael (Georgia)
FH-GA-0008-0002 | FH-GA-0008-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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