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HUD sees 20% rise in ‘worst case’ housing

The number of households forced to spendĀ  more than half of their monthly income on rent and possibly also live in severely substandard conditions rose by more than 20 percent between 2007 and 2009, the federal government said Tuesday.

Almost 7.1 million low-income households were defined as having “worst case housing needs” as a result of joblessness, rising rents and a general lack of affordable rental housing. Get the full story »

Couple denies charges in Willborn race-bias case

The home that the Willborns wanted to buy at 3300 S. Normal Ave. in Bridgeport. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

The Bridgeport couple accused of violating fair housing laws in the failed sale of their million-dollar home are refuting Justice Department charges that they refused to sell it to an African-American family.

In separate responses filed this month with U.S. District Court in Chicago, Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia deny that they engaged in discriminatory housing practices in their dealings with George and Peytyn Willborn, who made several offers to purchase the Sabbia’s sprawling Bridgeport home.

The Sabbias also deny that Daniel Sabbia told listing agent Jeffrey Lowe that Sabbia would prefer not to sell the home to an African-American but that he didn’t care who bought it if the price was right, and deny that Lowe forwarded a sales contract to the Sabbias for signature. Get the full story »

HUD to investigate loan discrimination charges

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department said Wednesday it would investigate charges almost two dozen lenders have unfairly denied U.S. government-backed mortgages to qualified loan applicants.

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed a fair housing complaint with HUD against 22 lenders that offer loans guaranteed by HUD’s Federal Housing Administration. Get the full story »

U.S says foreclosure problems were not systemic

The Obama administration said Wednesday that it found no sign of “systemic” troubles s with U.S. home mortgages, as banks sought to play down a crisis over accusations of shoddy foreclosure practices.

But Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan insisted the government would “take every action” to press banks to fix paperwork problems at the core of a foreclosure crisis that has put major financial firms on the hot seat. Get the full story »

Bridgeport couple sued for housing discrimination

Radio personality and comedian George Willborn arriving at a press conference to talk about the discrimination suit on Aug. 26, 2010. (Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune)

The federal government filed a civil lawsuit Monday against a couple living in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood and their real estate agent, for allegedly refusing to sell their home to an African-American family.

The filing, made in U.S. District Court in Chicago, names as defendants Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia; their real estate agent, Jeffrey Lowe; and Midwest Realty Ventures, which does business as Prudential Rubloff Properties.

The lawsuit was expected. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development originally filed a federal housing discrimination complaint last month against the parties after it determined that Chicago radio personality George Willborn’s failed efforts to buy the Sabbias’ home was the result of housing discrimination. The case was moved to the Justice Department in late August. Get the full story »

Willborn race-bias case heads to Justice Dept.

George Wilborn at the Dirksen court house this morning. (William DeShazer/Tribune)

The U.S. Justice Department is taking over the case of Chicago radio personality George Willborn, who allegedly was the victim of racial discrimination because of his family’s failed efforts to buy a home in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a federal housing discrimination complaint this month against Bridgeport homeowners Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia, Prudential Rubloff Properties and real estate agent Jeffrey Lowe. HUD said they violated the Fair Housing Act when the Sabbias backed out of a verbal agreement to sell the $1.799 million home to the Willborns, who are African-American.

The matter could have been handled as an administrative case by HUD or in the federal court system by the Justice Department. The Willborns elected to transfer the matter to federal court, which means the Justice Department has, by statute, 30 days to file a case. The transfer to the federal court system means the Willborns could be eligible to receive punitive damages as well as compensatory damages from a jury. Get the full story »

HUD files race-bias suit in Bridgeport home sale

Comedian George Willborn (Tribune file)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed a charge of housing discrimination against a Bridgeport family and a prominent realty firm for refusing to sell a million-dollar-plus home to local comedian and radio personality George Willborn and his family.

HUD alleges that Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia and their real estate agent, Jeffrey Lowe of Prudential Rubloff Properties, violated the Fair Housing Act when they discriminated against Willborn, his wife, Peytyn and their family for not following through with the sale of an amenity-filled 8,000-square-foot home at 3300 S. Normal Ave. in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Get the full story »

HUD charges Chicago developer over accessibility

A local architect and developer was charged Monday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development with housing discrimination for designing and building a Chicago apartment building that it alleges does not comply with accessibility requirements.

HUD said Hector Castillo and Hector Castillo Architects Inc. violated the federal Fair HousingĀ  Act in the construction of a building at 914 W. Hubbard St. Get the full story »

HUD to hear from LGBT community at City Hall

By Mary Ellen Podmolik | The federal government is looking to Chicago to help it determine
whether the nation’s housing policy needs to be changed to safeguard the
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will conduct a
town hall meeting at City Hall Thursday as it begins a national study
on housing discrimination that’s conducted every 10 years. In what it
calls a “ground-breaking” move, the agency also will study rental and
for-sale housing discrimination in the LGBT community.

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