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Case: Christian Community Action v. Cisneros

3:91-cv-00296 | U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Filed Date: June 3, 1991

Closed Date: Jan. 28, 2008

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Case Summary

On June 3, 1991, plaintiffs brought this action under the Fair Housing Act. Plaintiffs alleged a housing demolition and replacement plan for the former Elm Haven high-rises in New Haven was being carried out in violation of the Fair Housing Act and HUD siting requirements, as the local housing authority began to locate replacement housing in segregated neighborhoods. The Court approved the parties' settlement agreement in July 1995. The settlement consisted of two primary elements: 1) a scatte…

On June 3, 1991, plaintiffs brought this action under the Fair Housing Act. Plaintiffs alleged a housing demolition and replacement plan for the former Elm Haven high-rises in New Haven was being carried out in violation of the Fair Housing Act and HUD siting requirements, as the local housing authority began to locate replacement housing in segregated neighborhoods.

The Court approved the parties' settlement agreement in July 1995. The settlement consisted of two primary elements: 1) a scattered-site housing remedy, requiring defendants to place all of the remaining replacement housing units outside areas of minority concentration within the city, and 2) a regional housing mobility program, including approximately 450 new Section 8 certificates earmarked for use outside areas of minority concentration, including the New Haven suburbs, along with a HUD-funded mobility counseling program to be administered by a local non-profit agency. The settlement also included a variety of related fair housing provisions.

Several years later, the plaintiffs entered into a separate settlement with the City of New Haven. In it, the City promised to create a "regional housing mobility counseling program" to help low income residents find housing outside of high poverty areas, to conduct fair housing testing, create a fair housing plan, and to cooperate with HUD to implement that agency's earlier settlement. The court approved this settlement on June 1, 1999.

In 2006, the plaintiffs sued both HUD and the City to enforce the 1995 settlement, alleging failure to complete 30 housing units. In December 2007, the motion was terminated and the parties filed a stipulation and agreement resolving their issues. No information is available regarding this agreement.

There has been no action in this case since 2008.

Summary Authors

Noel Ripberger (2/23/2015)

Jonah Hudson-Erdman (8/25/2021)

People


Judge(s)

Covello, Alfred V. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Falk, Glenn W. (Connecticut)

McGuire, David J. (Connecticut)

Newman, Jonel (Connecticut)

Redman, Renee Colette (Connecticut)

White, Shelley (Connecticut)

Yetzer, Jody Lynn (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barbato, Linsley J. (Connecticut)

Baxter, Felix (District of Columbia)

Bell, Aileen M. (Connecticut)

Judge(s)

Covello, Alfred V. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Falk, Glenn W. (Connecticut)

McGuire, David J. (Connecticut)

Newman, Jonel (Connecticut)

Redman, Renee Colette (Connecticut)

White, Shelley (Connecticut)

Yetzer, Jody Lynn (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barbato, Linsley J. (Connecticut)

Baxter, Felix (District of Columbia)

Bell, Aileen M. (Connecticut)

Berchem, Jonathan David (Connecticut)

Brigham, Christopher L. (Connecticut)

Cochran, Frank (Connecticut)

DelVisco, James S. (Connecticut)

Echter, Martin S. (Connecticut)

Goldberg, Arthur Robert (District of Columbia)

Griffin, Nancy L. (Connecticut)

Mastroni, Kenneth J. (Connecticut)

Mednick, Steven G. (Connecticut)

Osler, Lois B. (District of Columbia)

Philpot, W. Martyn Jr. (Connecticut)

Samalot, Steven Louis (Connecticut)

Sitcov, Michael (District of Columbia)

Stires, Hannah A. (District of Columbia)

Tegeler, Philip D. (Connecticut)

Whitney, James C. (Connecticut)

Winterbottom, Edmund E. (Connecticut)

Wong, Mee Carolyn (Connecticut)

Young, Rolan Joni (Connecticut)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Ude, Thomas W. Jr. (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:91-cv-00296

Docket

Christian Community v. Kemp

Jan. 28, 2008

Jan. 28, 2008

Docket
261

3:91-cv-00296

Settlement Agreement

Christian Community Action v. City of New Haven

June 1, 1999

June 1, 1999

Settlement Agreement
305

3:91-cv-00296

Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement

Christian Community Action v. Jackson, Housing Authority of the City of New Haven.

Nov. 17, 2006

Nov. 17, 2006

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Docket

Last updated Sept. 5, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Connecticut

Case Type(s):

Public Housing

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 3, 1991

Closing Date: Jan. 28, 2008

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Individuals discriminated against in public housing.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

State Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Mooted before ruling

Defendants

Secretary of Housing and Defendany (New Haven, New Haven), State

Defendant Type(s):

Housing Authority

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Issues

General:

Housing

Housing assistance

Racial segregation

Discrimination-area:

Housing Sales/Rental

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination