Case: United States v. Housing Authority of the City of Eastman, Georgia

3:10-cv-00075 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Filed Date: Sept. 7, 2010

Closed Date: 2015

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Case Summary

On September 07, 2010, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601, against the Eastman Housing Authority ("EHA") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. (Judge Dudley H. Bowen, Dublin Division). The Defendant maintains and owns nine public housing developments in the City of Eastman and surrounding areas. The Plaintiff claimed that the Defendant engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination based on race or color in conne…

On September 07, 2010, the United States filed a lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §3601, against the Eastman Housing Authority ("EHA") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. (Judge Dudley H. Bowen, Dublin Division). The Defendant maintains and owns nine public housing developments in the City of Eastman and surrounding areas. The Plaintiff claimed that the Defendant engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination based on race or color in connection with the rental of dwellings in EHA housing developments. Specifically, the Plaintiff alleges the Defendants steered applicants and residents to housing complexes on the basis of race and color; 2) selected white applicants over eligible black applicants who had higher positions on the EHA waiting list so that white applicants could be placed in vacant housing units ; 3) selected black applicants over white applicants on the EHA waiting list so that white applicants would not be housed in vacant units in majority black complexes; and 4) provided inferior treatment to black tenants in the terms, conditions and/or privileges of rental of EHA properties. The Plaintiff sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief.

The parties announced a settlement the same day the Complaint was filed, and on October 18, 2010, the Court (Judge Bowen) approved a five year consent decree. In addition to general prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of race or color, and the use of HUD-approved policies with respect to applications and admissions, record-keeping and permission to inspect, the decree required the Defendant to pay $320,000 into an escrow to compensate persons harmed the EHA's discriminatory rental practices.

The settlement ended in 2015 without any further litigation. The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Stacey McClurkin (12/20/2011)

People


Judge(s)

Barfield, W. Leon (Georgia)

Bowen, Dudley Hollingsworth Jr. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)

Crowder, Kenneth D. (Georgia)

O'Beirne, Patricia (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Tarver, Edward J. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, C. Michael (Georgia)

Judge(s)

Barfield, W. Leon (Georgia)

Bowen, Dudley Hollingsworth Jr. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)

Crowder, Kenneth D. (Georgia)

O'Beirne, Patricia (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Tarver, Edward J. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, C. Michael (Georgia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Sept. 7, 2010 Docket
1

Complaint

Sept. 7, 2010 Complaint
3

Consent Decree

Oct. 18, 2010 Settlement Agreement

Resources

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United States v. Housing Authority for the City of Eastman, Georgia (S.D. Ga.)

Department of Justice

On September 7, 2010, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Housing Authority of the City of Eastman (S.D. Ga.), a Fair Housing Act pattern or practice case. The complaint alleges t… Sept. 7, 2010 https://www.justice.gov/crt/housing-cases-summary-page#eha

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against Housing Authority of the City of Eastman, Georgia, filed by United States of America. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(cmr) (Entered: 09/07/2010)

Sept. 7, 2010
2

NOTICE of Settlement Consent Decree by United States of America (Crowder, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/07/2010)

Sept. 7, 2010
3

CONSENT DECREE Approved − the Court shall retain jurisdiction over this matter fro purposes of enforcing and adjudicating any disputes arising under this Consent Decree. During the five year duration of this Consent Decree, this case will be Closed for all purposes of statistical reporting. Should it become necessary in the interim, either party may apply to the Court in writing to reopen this case. Each party to bear its own costs and attorneys' fees associated with this litigation. Signed by Judge Dudley H. Bowen on 10/18/10. (cmr) (Entered: 10/18/2010)

Oct. 18, 2010
4

STIPULATION re 3 Order,, Jt. Recommendation regarding distribution of settlement fund by United States of America. (Crowder, Kenneth) (Entered: 10/20/2011)

Oct. 20, 2011
5

ORDER approving "Joint recommendation regarding distribution of settlement fund" re 4 Stipulation filed by United States of America. Signed by Judge Dudley H. Bowen on 10/27/11. (cmr) (Entered: 10/27/2011)

Oct. 27, 2011

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 7, 2010

Closing Date: 2015

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice on behalf of applicants for rental property.

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Housing Authority of the City of Eastman, GA (Eastman), City

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

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 320,000

Order Duration: 2010 - 2015

Issues

General:

Racial segregation

Discrimination-area:

Housing Sales/Rental

Steering

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

White