HUD collecting housing complaints on website (fwd)

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Sun, 12 Apr 1998 11:29:41 -0700 (PDT)


  	  				 
	 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo,  
marking the 30th anniversary of a federal law that makes housing 
discrimination illegal, Friday said his agency was taking its 
efforts to enforce the law online. 
	 People who feel they have been discriminated against in the  
sale, rental, financing and advertising of housing can now file 
complaints on the HUD Internet site, Cuomo said in a statement. 
	 ``We are using one of technology's newest tools to fight one  
of humankind's oldest problems,'' Cuomo said. ``We are taking 
our battle against housing discrimination into cyberspace.'' 
	 Until now, victims of housing discrimination could write a  
letter to the department, file a complaint at a local HUD 
office, or call HUD's housing discrimination hotline at 
1-800-669-9777. 
	 But now they can log on to the department's website at  
(http://www.hud/gov/hdiscrim.html) and file a complaint directly 
online or print out a form to mail in. 
	 People who don't have Internet access from home can use a  
computer at a HUD field office or local library to file their 
complaint, Cuomo said. 
	 HUD stepped up its enforcement of the Fair Housing Act last  
September as part of President Clinton's One America Initiative, 
vowing to double the number of enforcement actions HUD takes 
against housing violations by the year 2000. 
	 In fiscal year 1997, the department obtained $9.6 million in  
relief for individuals in housing discrimination settlements, 
more than double the $4.4 million the year before. 
	 The Fair Housing Act outlaws housing discrimination on  
account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, family 
status and disability.