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HUD To Charge Missouri Property Manager For Discriminating Against Family With Children

HUD determines that a housing provider in Missouri is responsible for discrimination against a family with children, highlighting the importance of fair housing protections.

July 28, 2023

Washington- F.P. King Estate of Ward Protectee (Estate), the property manager is liable to pay $10,200 in damages and $5500 civil penalty after HUD’s Secretary confirmed the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that they discriminated against a single father and his children based on their family status.

According to the provisions of the Fair Housing Act, it is unlawful to discriminate in housing based on disability, race, national origin, color, religion, sex, or family status. Denying housing to families because they have small children or making discriminatory statements about them is considered housing discrimination.

Demetria McClain said, “No individual or family should be denied the right to housing because they have children. This Order underscores HUD’s commitment to taking appropriate action when the nation’s fair housing laws are violated.”

The discrimination charge was filed by HUD on behalf of the family alleging that the property owner violated the Fair Housing Act. The landlords denied the family housing and made discriminatory statements because they had young children. As a result, the judge asked the landlord to pay $10,200 for housing costs and emotional distress.

Damon Smith said, “The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from denying housing to applicants because they have young children. The Department will act to protect families’ rights and seek compensation for their losses.”

Individuals who have been the victim of housing discrimination can file a complaint or reach out to the HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Finds Missouri Housing Provider Liable For Discriminating Against Family With Children”. HUD, January 27, 2023,
HUD Finds Missouri Housing Provider Liable for Discriminating Against Family with Children | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021