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Welcome to the Fair Housing Law Center

The Fair Housing Law Center is a project of Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services. Our goal is to identify and eliminate housing discrimination through education, advocacy and enforcement efforts. We serve 28 counties in western Pennsylvania and four counties in West Virginia. We work in close collaboration with numerous partners and advocates across the region.

The United States filed a complaint in United States v. Chad David Ables, d/b/a Pops Cove (W.D. Tenn.), alleging that defendants violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of sex by subjecting two female HUD complainants to sexual harassment.

On December 20, 2018, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Chad David Ables, d/b/a Pops Cove (W.D. Tenn.), alleging that defendants violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of sex by subjecting two female HUD complainants to sexual harassment. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development(…)

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The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the October 27, 2017 jury verdict of $43,500 in favor of the United States in United States v. DeRaffele (D. Mass.).

On January 18, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the October 27, 2017 jury verdict of $43,500 in favor of the United States in United States v. DeRaffele (D. Mass.). The complaint, which was filed on May 31, 2016 and amended on October 24, 2016,  alleged that the owner of a four-unit rental(…)

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United States entered into a settlement agreement with one of the defendants in United States v. The Home Loan Auditors (N.D. Cal.).

On January 28, 2019, the United States entered into a settlement agreement with one of the defendants in United States v. The Home Loan Auditors (N.D. Cal.), a Fair Housing Act case.  This follows settlement agreements against other defendants on August 2, August 21, November 2, and December 6, 2018.  Under the terms of the settlements, the defendants(…)

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HUD Charges Wisconsin Landlords with Discriminating Against Families with Children

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently charged Chuck and Lynn Hietpas, the owners of a three-bedroom duplex in Kaukauna, WI, with discrimination for refusing to rent to a family because they have children.. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has(…)

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HUD Files Housing Discrimination Complaint Against Facebook

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination. HUD claims Facebook enables advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race,(…)

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