On October 30, 2014, the Fortune Society, a non-profit organization that provides temporary and permanent housing to hundreds of formerly incarcerated individuals each year filed this suit in the U.S. District for Eastern District of New York. They sued Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corp under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and New York law, alleging that in the summer of 2013 and early 2014, Fortune tried to rent apartments for its clients at Sandcastle, a multi-building apartment complex that the defendants own and manage in Queens, New York. When defendants learned that Fortune was seeking housing for the formerly incarcerated individuals it serves, they refused to rent apartments per the defendants' policy prohibiting anyone with a criminal record from renting an apartment or living at Sandcastle. This ban, Fortune alleges, is discriminatory and has an unlawful disparate impact on the basis of race and color. On July 3, 2019, the Court issued an opinion denying Defendants’ motion for summary judgment on Plaintiffs’ disparate impact claim and allowing that claim to proceed to trial.
The Fortune Society, Inc. v. Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund, Inc., No. 1:14-cv-6410 (E.D.N.Y.)
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