University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name United States v. Housing Authority of the City of Royston FH-GA-0009
Docket / Court 3:10-cv-00075-CDL ( M.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 27, 2010, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601 against the City of Royston, Georgia and the Housing Authority of the City of Royston, Georgia ("RHA") in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The Plaintiff alleged ... read more >
On September 27, 2010, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601 against the City of Royston, Georgia and the Housing Authority of the City of Royston, Georgia ("RHA") in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The Plaintiff alleged that the Defendants engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination based on race or color in the rental of RHA units. Specifically, the Plaintiff alleged the Defendants steered applicants based on race or color to segregated areas of the RHA complexes, and admitted white applicants ahead of eligible applicants of color who had higher places on the waiting list when there were vacancies in predominately white complexes, to avoid housing black and white tenants together.

Two days later, on September 29, 2010, the Court (Judge Clay) approved a five-year Consent Decree agreed to by the parties. In addition to general prohibitions against race and color discrimination, the Decree requires development and distribution of a detailed non-discrimination policy covering all aspects of (1) receiving, handling, processing, rejecting, and approving rental inquiries and applications made in-person, by telephone, or by other means; (2) assigning prospective tenants to new units; (3) transferring existing tenants to different units; and (4) providing services to tenants. All involved employees are to be trained and must acknowledge that they received, understand, and agree to abide by policy's requirements. The decree provides for reporting to and monitoring by the Justice Department to assure compliance, and establishes a $270,000 settlement fund to compensate aggrieved parties.

Stacey McClurkin - 12/21/2011


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Steering
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Racial segregation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) City of Royston, GA
Housing Authority of the City of Royston, GA
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
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-CDL (M.D. Ga.) 09/27/2010
FH-GA-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/27/2010
FH-GA-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 09/29/2010
FH-GA-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Land, Clay D. (M.D. Ga.)
FH-GA-0009-0001 | FH-GA-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aderhold, Hugh Randolph Jr. (Georgia)
FH-GA-0009-0001 | FH-GA-0009-0002 | FH-GA-0009-9000
Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)
FH-GA-0009-0001 | FH-GA-0009-0002
Majeed, Sameena Shina (District of Columbia)
FH-GA-0009-0001 | FH-GA-0009-0002 | FH-GA-0009-9000
Peterman III, G.F. Pete (Georgia)
FH-GA-0009-0002
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
FH-GA-0009-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Green, Michael S. (Georgia)
FH-GA-0009-0001 | FH-GA-0009-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -