The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section works to protect some of the most fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to access housing free from discrimination, the right to access credit on an equal basis, the right to patronize places of business that provide public accommodations and the right to practice one’s faith free from discrimination.
The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section enforces:
The Fair Housing Act
, which prohibits discrimination in housing.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act
, which prohibits discrimination in credit.
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
, which prohibits discrimination in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters. The Department of Justice can bring a lawsuit under Title II when there is reason to believe that a person has engaged in a pattern or practice
of discrimination in violation of Title II. Individuals can also file suit to enforce their rights under Title II.
the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
, which prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing land use regulations that discriminate against religious assemblies and institutions or which unjustifiably burden religious exercise.
and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
, which provides for the temporary suspension of judicial and administrative proceedings and civil protections in areas such as housing, credit and taxes for military personnel while they are on active duty.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Justice Department announced that the owners and operators of the Alger Meadows Apartments in Grand Rapids, Michigan, have agreed to pay $550,000 in damages and civil penalties and to terminate property manager Dale VanderVennen's role in managing the complex.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Justice Department announced that the manager and owner of the Linden House Apartments in Cleveland have agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve allegations that they refused to rent to individuals because the individuals had children.
Monday, August 11, 2014