On February 1, 2006, the United States Attorney's Office filed a complaint in United States v. Ballis (D. Or.). The complaint alleges that the owners and managers of a nine-unit apartment building in Portland, Oregon refused to rent to HUD complainants Deneen Hayward and Randolph Irwin Kelly on the basis of Mr. Kelly's race, color, and sex (African-American male). The complaint also alleges that the respondents discriminated against HUD complainant Fair Housing Council of Oregon by engaging in disparate treatment against an African-American male tester. This case is being handled primarily by the United States Attorney's Office in Portland.
The case was referred to the Division after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received a complaint, conducted an investigation, and issued a charge of discrimination.