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Case Name Voluntary compliance agreement between U.S., Latino Action Network, NAACP, Fair Share Housing Center, and New Jersey FH-NJ-0005
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Case Summary
On April 3, 2013, a New Jersey advocacy organization aimed at advancing the interests of Latino communities filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, against the State of New Jersey. The complaint alleged that ... read more >
On April 3, 2013, a New Jersey advocacy organization aimed at advancing the interests of Latino communities filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, against the State of New Jersey. The complaint alleged that the State engaged in discriminatory housing practices in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act 1964 and the Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., and failed to affirmatively further fair housing. On April 23, 2013, the complaint was amended to add the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as a complainant and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs as a respondent. The alleged violations occurred in relation to affordable housing opportunities for lower income households whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

On May 30, 2014, the parties entered into a settlement agreement. The State agreed to allocate additional funds in the amount of $215,000,000.00 to the nine counties most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The State agreed to prioritize families with children. It also agreed to provide $15,000,000.00 in tenant-based rental assistance prioritizing households at or below 30% of area median income. The State also agreed to review and reconsider its decisions on households previously deemed ineligible for the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program. RREM provides up to $150,000 to homeowners to restore their damaged homes, including rehabilitation, reconstruction, elevation, and/or mitigation activities. The State also agreed to special provisions concerning people with limited English proficiency, providing annual $2,000,000 funding until HUD closes its funds. It includes implementing an outreach and counseling service. As part of providing the service, the State agreed to provide training and develop a language bank.

The State agreed to find a firm to ensure its compliance within sixty days of the effective date of the agreement. The State also agreed to provide quarterly reports to HUD and the complainants on the progress of the implementation of the agreement. The term of the agreement is six months until after the closeout of HUD funds to New Jersey.

Zhandos Kuderin - 11/19/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Required disclosure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Emergency shelter
Housing
Housing assistance
Poverty/homelessness
Public assistance grants
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.
Defendant(s) State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs
Plaintiff Description Latino Action Network; NJ State Conference of the NAACP; Fair Share Housing Center, Inc.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2014 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Property Casualty 360
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  The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation
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By: Andrew Nash (Washington University in St. Louis)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Voluntary Compliance Agreement and Conciliation Agreement 05/30/2014
FH-NJ-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
HUD and New Jersey Announce Agreement to Expand Hurricane Sandy Recovery Programs 05/30/2014
FH-NJ-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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