WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with JCL Management, LLC and Pilot Cove Manor Housing Development Fund Company, Inc., resolving a compliance review concerning non-discrimination in marketing and tenanting procedures. Pilot Cove Development is a 130-unit building on City Island in Bronx, New York, that provides affordable subsidized units though the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program and the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. Read the Agreement.
This Agreement arises from a compliance review that was conducted by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. FHEO opened the review based on information indicating disproportionately low participation rates of Black, Hispanic, and Asian residents relative to the housing market area. The review sought to ensure eligible persons were not discriminated against in opportunities to learn about, apply for, and reside in HUD-subsidized housing on the basis of race, color or national origin.
“HUD funded rental programs must be available to prospective residents of all racial and national origin groups,” said Demetria L. McCain, HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “This agreement demonstrates HUD’s commitment to ensure that marketing and admission policies are designed to avoid excluding residents because of their race, color, and national origin.”
HUD enforces the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status. HUD also enforces other federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
The Agreement mandates the creation of a new waitlist after robust marketing to those least likely to apply. In addition, the Agreement requires recipients to commit to expending a minimum of $50,000 to advance fair housing choice in the region, including a minimum of $10,000 towards advertising and outreach (including website development); making applications available and accepting applications by mail, email, in person, and online; revising any policies that include an evaluation of credit or rental history consistent with civil rights laws and HUD’s guidance; and, developing a revised language access plan; and temporarily waiving fees ordinarily charged to newly admitted residents. This Agreement does not constitute admissions by the housing providers or evidence of a final determination by HUD of violations of Title VI or any other laws.
Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).