Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council v. Waukesha County
On March 16, 2011, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, along with co-counsel Pledl & Cohn, S.C., filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council against Waukesha County, Wisconsin, for the County's failure to fulfill its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing with the federal funds it has received over the years, for discriminating against African-Americans, and for permitting municipalities to discriminate through their zoning and land use ordinances and practices.
In order to receive federal funds, including CDBG and HOME dollars, Waukesha County must certify to HUD that it analyzes impediments to fair housing and takes action to overcome identified impediments. MMFHC's complaint alleges that the County has failed to comply with its own civil rights certifications and has continued funding local governments whose laws and policies perpetuate racial and ethnic segregation. Since 2006, MMFHC alleges, more than $12,500,000 in federal CDBG and HOME funds has been disbursed to 35 individual jurisdictions without adequate consideration for its impact on fair housing choice by people of color.
Leading the team from Relman, Dane & Colfax are Michael Allen, Stephen Dane, and Katherine Gillespie, and Rock Pledl on behalf of Pledl & Cohn.