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Benicia Racial Discrimination Complaints Settled by Fair Housing Authority

The audits revealed the housing providers consistently offered white people better terms and more attractive conditions than to blacks.

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By Bay City News Service

The Fair Housing Authority of Marin has settled race discrimination complaints it filed against six rental properties in Benicia, Vallejo and Richmond.

The settlements were reached between June and November 2012 with the four housing management companies that owned 2,350 rental units at the six properties, Fair Housing of Marin's staff attorney Jessica Tankersley Sparks said this morning.

The two race discrimination audits Fair Housing of Marin conducted in Solano County and in Richmond revealed the housing providers consistently offered white people better terms and more attractive conditions than to blacks. 

Whites were offered lower security deposits, lower or non-existent minimum income requirements, increased availability, more flexible lease terms and more information about amenities and encouragement to apply for housing than African-Americans.

Fair Housing of Marin filed administrative complaints with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

The $38,000 the four housing management companies will pay to Fair Housing of Marin under the settlement will provide free counseling, enforcement, mediation, and legal or administrative referrals to people who experience housing discrimination.  

Sparks said Fair Housing of Marin audits property managers for discrimination in Northern California and provides direct client services in Sonoma and Marin counties.

Other audits are pending and may be completed by this summer, Sparks said.

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"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 03, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Do i look light skinned to you? And unlike you people, i know my family lineage? And one more thing with this finding by the Marin Equal housing, i think case of discrimination in benicia should be reopened and re examined because where there is smoke, there is fire.
Richard Bortolazzo February 03, 2013 at 05:20 PM
What's the point of the news article? We still don't have all the facts. Who were the persons or entities that discriminated? What were the motivations? The public deserves more information.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 03, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Why don't you ask what is the point of the St Pats' Hazing article? The point is to right a wrong to put people on notice that illegal acts and wrong behaviour and unfair practices will not and cannot continue to happen in a fair civilized democracy. I mean Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong and un-like Mark Twains' '' East is East and West is West", the twain must meet here, less we continue to find ourselves living over and over again, a Tale of Two Cities or in this case, Two Countries!!! HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!
Mary Frances Poh February 05, 2013 at 05:00 AM
I was hoping to see something in the print media but nothing has appeared. Without sufficient information it is hard to know what was done and by whom and what can be done about it. I do not support discriminatory housing practices but this article doesn't give enough information to be useful.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 05, 2013 at 05:26 AM
This is sent from my smart phone so forgive any Typos. The bottom lone is that African Americans were hurt with this discriminatory action. Now had this been an animal shelter, i.e dogs. Every.single one of you white people would be screaming bloody murder and inhumane treatment,.to the high heavens.

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