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HUD To Do Settlement Agreement, Asks Oklahoma Housing Provider To Pay $300,000 To Housing Discrimination Victims

 HUD does a settlement agreement with Oklahoma Housing Provider and asks him to pay $300,000 to the victims of housing discrimination. 

December 12, 2023

 The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today its agreement with Cushing Housing Inc. asking the respondents to pay 300,000 to individuals subjected to housing discrimination at Cushing’s Property. 

HUD’s Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said, “Under the Biden-Harris Administration, we are taking on housing discrimination like never before. HUD is holding people accountable, and ensuring those who face discrimination have a voice to build a fairer nation for all.”

The agreement is a result of a complaint filed by tenants who accused Cushing Housing of violating civil rights laws by not addressing racially motivated harassment that prevented them from peacefully enjoying their housing. The harassment was so severe that it caused the tenants to fear leaving their apartments and had a significant impact on their mental health. The VCA-CA resolves HUD’s October 26, 2022 Letter of Findings, which concluded that the respondents had discriminated against the tenants in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Title VI prohibits discrimination based on race by federal financial assistance recipients. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits retaliation against individuals engaged in protected activities, including seeking action from housing providers to address racial harassment. Cushing Housing is obligated to comply with Title VI because they receive Federal financial assistance from HUD.

HUD’s Principal Depty Assistant Secretary Demetria L. McCain said, “No tenant should be subjected to harassment and subsequent retaliation by a HUD-funded housing provider. This agreement and the previously issued Letter of Findings demonstrates HUD’s commitment to upholding our Nation’s civil rights laws.”

Upon doing the investigation, HUD found out that residents had been harassing the complainants, a White Mother and Daughter. Complainants also notified Cushing Housing of this harassment but Cushing Housing did not take steps to address it. The harassment included referring to complainants as slurs and threatening racially motivated violence. Cushing did not take any steps to end it and instead issued a notice to both the complainant’s mother as well as harasser. 

The agreement requires Cushing Housing to establish an anti-harassment policy along with a fair housing and compliance policy in addition to a $300,000 payment to complainants. Also, policies must be made available to tenants and include formal grievance procedures. It is also said that respondents should seek fair housing and civil rights training for officers, agents, and employees. 

Likewise, if you believe you have experienced discrimination, then you can file a complaint at the HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. 

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Announces Settlement Agreement Requiring Oklahoma Housing Provider Pay $300,000 to Victims of Housing Discrimination”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 11, 2023, 

HUD Announces Settlement Agreement Requiring Oklahoma Housing Provider Pay $300,000 to Victims of Housing Discrimination | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021