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HUD To Resolve Allegations Of Housing Discrimination Against Families With Children

HUD fair housing partners successfully resolve allegations of housing discrimination against families with children through a $3 million settlement with California housing providers.

July 18, 2023

Washington- An announcement was made recently by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding the $3 Million settlement by two of its fair housing partners, the California Civil Rights Department (CRD) and Project Sentinel. This landmark settlement addresses allegations of discrimination against families with children by Vasona Management, Inc., a property management company in California, along with over thirty apartment complex owners. The discrimination was reported at more than forty-eight apartment complexes across the Bay Area. The allegations include the prohibition of outdoor play activities for children and a requirement for parents to supervise children under the age of 14 in all common areas.

HUD’s Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said, “Under this Administration, we are not just talking the talk discrimination enforcement, we are taking action. Everyone in this country has the right to feel safe at home and we will do everything in our power to ensure individuals and families receive all the protections they are provided under the law.”

Civil Rights Department (CRD) Director Kevin Kish believes that the settlement will emerge as a victory for families and provide substantial relief to affected tenants. The families having children are also given access to benefits and housing like others.

As per the Fair Housing Act and California laws like Fair Employment and Housing Act, housing providers cannot discriminate because of the family status and families with children. Imposing different terms and conditions because of children, making discriminatory statements, and enforcing restrictive rules and policies discouraging families from occupying houses is considered discrimination and unlawful. Housing providers are supposed to provide equal housing opportunities to everyone.

Demetria L. McCain said, “It is illegal for housing providers to impose discriminatory policies regarding children’s use of common areas. This is a perfect example of how strong collaborations between HUD and public and non-profit fair housing enforcement organizations can result in meaningful and high-impact settlements, improving the lives of all people protected by the Fair Housing Act.”

On February 14, 2023, the California Civil Rights Department (CRD), an agency responsible for upholding civil rights laws in the state and a participant in the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) under FHEO, announced a significant development. They not only reached a consent decree but also resolved a systemic fair housing lawsuit against Vasona Management Inc. and complex owners for their discriminatory practices against families with children. This commendable achievement involved a $3 million settlement, and it was made possible by an investigation and a complaint filed by Project Sentinel. As a non-profit organization in the Bay area, Project Sentinel is dedicated to fostering fairness and equity in housing for all individuals.

HUD’s region was alerted by Project Sentinel regarding the allegations of discrimination by the property management company and owners. HUD not only filed a complaint but also referred the complaint to CRD for investigation purposes. Another complaint was filed by the CRD Director alleging that the property management company in the San Francisco Area has violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act by prohibiting outdoor activities.

The Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) gave funds to Project Sentinel to carry out enforcement, education, and outreach activities to assist people who have experienced housing discrimination and aware them of their rights.

The aggrieved families will be given $3 Million dollars to prevent future discrimination, revise rules, distribute brochures to tenants, create policies to report discrimination, and provide the desired training.

The tenants can directly reach out to the California Civil Rights Department as they may be eligible for relief. The victims can also file a complaint at HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Fair Housing Partners Reach $3 Million Settlement With California Housing Providers Resolving Allegations Of Housing Discrimination Against Families With Children”. HUD, April 10, 2023,
HUD Fair Housing Partners Reach $3 Million Settlement with California Housing Providers Resolving Allegations of Housing Discrimination Against Families with Children | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021