United States v. Lone Wolf Housing Authority (W.D. Okla.)
On December 29, 2021, the court entered a consent decree in United States v. Lone Wolf Housing Authority (W.D. Okla.). The complaint, filed on December 15, 2020, alleged that the defendants discriminated on the basis of race in violation of the Fair Housing Act and Title VI of the of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they rejected a housing application from complainant and her minor child on the pretext of lack of available housing and when they further misrepresented the availability of housing to a Black tester after showing numerous available units to the white companion tester. Additional defendants include former Housing Authority employees David M. Haynes and Myrna Hess. The consent decree requires defendants to pay $75,000 in monetary damages to the complainant, her child, and the fair housing organization that conducted testing. The Housing Authority must also implement nondiscriminatory procedures, train all employees and board members on fair housing, maintain records of applications and availability, and report to the United States on their compliance with the terms of the Consent Decree. The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.