United States v. Gentle Manor Estates (N.D. Ind.)
NOTICE TO POTENTIAL AGGRIEVED PERSONS
On May 18, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana entered a Consent Order resolving a lawsuit brought by the United States against Gentle Manor Estates, LLC, the owner of Gentle Manor Estates in Crown Point, Indiana. The United States also sued John Townsend, an agent for Gentle Manor Estates, LLC. The lawsuit alleged that these Defendants violated the Fair Housing Act by maintaining and enforcing a policy of refusing to rent mobile home lots at Gentle Manor Estates to families with children. The Consent Order requires, among other things, that Defendant Gentle Manor Estates, LLC make available all mobile home lots to families with children.
The Consent Decree also establishes a Settlement Fund to make payments to compensate persons who are victims of this type of alleged discrimination. You may be entitled to a monetary award from the Settlement Fund if you (1) sought to live at Gentle Manor Estates, (2) with a child under the age of 18, and (3) were denied the opportunity to live at Gentle Manor Estates.
If you believe you may be a victim based on the above criteria, or if you have information about someone else whom you believe may qualify, please contact the United States Department of Justice, no later than September 15, 2016, at: 1-800-896-7743 and select menu option 9994. You may also write to:
United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
1800 G Street, N.W., Suite 7002
Washington, DC 20006
Attn: DJ# 175-26-148
Your telephone message or letter must include your name, address, and, if possible, at least TWO telephone numbers where you may be reached.