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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 Affiliates (any)
Case Summary
On June 3, 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 ... read more >
On June 3, 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.

Several years later, the plaintiffs entered into a separate settlement with the City of New Haven. In it, the City promised to create a "regional housing mobility counseling program" to help low income residents find housing outside of high poverty areas, to conduct fair housing testing, create a fair housing plan, and to cooperate with HUD to implement that agency's earlier settlement. The court approved this settlement on June 1, 1999.

In 2006, the plaintiffs sued both HUD and the City to enforce the 1995 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
Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 08/25/2021


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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 Affiliates (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Mooted before ruling
Filed Pro Se No
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
Filed 06/03/1991
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Urban Institute Baseline Assessment of Public Housing Desegregation Cases
Date: 2000
By: George Galster et al. (Urban Institute, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Faculty)
Citation: (2000)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

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

Court Docket(s)
D. Conn.
01/28/2008
3:91-cv-296
PH-CT-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D. Conn.
06/01/1999
Settlement Agreement [ECF# 261]
PH-CT-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
D. Conn.
11/17/2006
Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement [ECF# 305]
PH-CT-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Covello, Alfred V. (D. Conn.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Falk, Glenn W. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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McGuire, David J. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Newman, Jonel (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Redman, Renee Colette (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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White, Shelley (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Yetzer, Jody Lynn (New York) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Barbato, Linsley J. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Baxter, Felix (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Bell, Aileen M. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Berchem, Jonathan David (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Philpot, W. Martyn Jr. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Samalot, Steven Louis (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Sitcov, Michael (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Stires, Hannah A. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Ude, Thomas W. Jr. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Whitney, James C. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Winterbottom, Edmund E. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Wong, Mee Carolyn (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Young, Rolan Joni (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Ude, Thomas W. Jr. (New York) show/hide docs
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