Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) announced today that they have settled a housing discrimination case (PDF) with Hunt Investments, Walter Parks Architect, and others.
The case alleged that defendants violated the federal Fair Housing Act by failing to design and construct Shockoe Valley View apartments in compliance with accessibility requirements. The agreement settles all claims.
In addition to retrofitting the complex to be accessible for people with disabilities, the defendants also agreed to pay $600,000 in damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees. HOME and NFHA will establish a $100,000 accessibility fund to help retrofit other homes in the community.
Heather Crislip, president and CEO of HOME stated, “Everyone deserves the opportunity to choose where they want to live and to have access to all of the amenities of a housing complex. We are pleased that Shockoe Valley View Apartments will be made accessible and that this fund will provide grants to people with disabilities to make additional units accessible.”
The case was originally filed in October 2014 after an investigation by HOME and NFHA.