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Apple Ridge Apartments

This is a settlement for the Discrimination lawsuit.

Washington, DC: (Aug-29-07) The Department of Justice brought charges against owners and operators of Apple Ridge Apartments (formerly known as Whispering Woods) in Livonia, MI, alleging that they discriminated against African Americans seeking to rent apartments at the complex. The Department of Justice lawsuit, which was handled jointly by attorneys from the Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney's Office, was filed in April 2006 and was consolidated with a suit filed by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit one year earlier. The complaint alleged that General Properties Company, doing business as Whispering Woods and now Apple Ridge Apartments, and one of its owners, Elliott Schubiner, engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against African American applicants for tenancy.

In a settlement reached, Apple Ridge Apartments agreed to pay the Department of Justice $725,000 to resolve claims. The settlement will be court enforceable for at least five years. Fighting illegal housing discrimination is a top priority of the Justice Department. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Operation Home Sweet Home, a concentrated initiative to expose and eliminate housing discrimination in America. This initiative was inspired by the plight of displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina who were suddenly forced to find new places to live. Operation Home Sweet Home, however, is not limited to the areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, but targets housing discrimination all over the country. [PR NEWSWIRE: RENTAL DISCRIMINATION]


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Published on Aug-31-07


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