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December 8, 2012

Housing discrimination complaint closed

DANVILLE — A housing discrimination complaint against the city has been resolved. There was no monetary judgment against the city.

There was training required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and changes to the city’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing document.

The case was resolved this past summer.

There was a conciliation agreement between Melviry Battle, the complainant of 101 E. Seminary St., and Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, the respondent, that was approved by the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Regional Director on behalf of HUD.

The conciliation agreement states that the complaint was filed on Jan 13, 2011, with HUD alleging Battle was injured by a discriminatory act caused by the respondent, Eisenhauer.

According to court documents, Battle, an African-American veteran, alleged that Eisenhauer violated “the Fair Housing Act as amended in 1988, by discriminating in the terms, conditions or privileges of the rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services of facilities in connection therewith because of race.”

Battle alleged that in or around October 2010, Eisenhauer refused to sign off on a certificate of consistency with the city’s 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan so as to prevent Crosspoint Human Services from applying for federal program dollars to create rental housing subsidies and supportive services for chronically homeless veterans and families such as the complainant.

Eisenhauer, as the respondent, denies the allegations and admits no wrongdoing, but agreed to settle the claim. The agreement governs the conduct of the parties for two years. The agreement is voluntary and considered a full settlement of the disputed complaint.

Eisenhauer acknowledges he has an affirmative duty not to discriminate against anyone under the act on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin or disability, and that it is unlawful to retaliate against any person because that person has made a complaint, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in a proceeding under the act.

Battle further acknowledges that any subsequent retaliation or discrimination constitutes both a material breach of the agreement and a statutory violation of the act.

The “Relief in the Public Interest” part of the agreement called for within 90 days of the effective date of the agreement, the city at its own expense, obtain at least two hours of fair housing training to be conducted by an appropriate agency or facility.

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