Settlement reached in Housing Authority suit


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Originally Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 7:41 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 30, 2013, 10:48 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought against the Rock Island Housing Authority by a tenant who claimed she and her grandson were unfairly transferred from her Sunset Heights apartment in 2010 because of a no-child policy.

Robin Howard Ahmadin, of Rock Island, initially filed suit in July 2011 in Rock Island County Circuit Court and it was transferred a month later into federal court.

According to court records, Ms. Ahmadin lived in Sunset Heights, a 141-unit high-rise at 3130 9th St., Rock Island, until March 2010.

Two months before, in January, she took over temporary guardianship of her five-year-old grandson and requested a two-bedroom apartment, at which pointSunset Heights asset manager George Guy allegedly ordered Ms. Ahmadin to be evicted from Sunset Heights because of the building's no-child policy.

At the time the suit was filed, the RIHA's website described residents of Sunset Heights as "a general adult and elderly population," and, as such, the suit claimed the building's policy required "the transfer out of Sunset Heights any tenants who carried a pregnancy to term, had children living with them or who obtained either care or custody of minors."

Under the Fair Housing Act, the suit argued, it was unlawful for the RIHA to "discriminate" against Ms. Ahmadin, and potentially other tenants, on the basis of familial status.

Ms. Ahmadin and her grandson were transferred to the RIHA's Manor Homes, at 2601 7th St., Rock Island, according to the suit.

The parties agreed to settle the case in early January and the settlement agreement was filed on Tuesday, records indicate. Details of the agreement were not provided in court records, andMs. Ahmadin's attorney, John Doak, said neither of them could not comment on its terms.

RIHA Public Relations Coordinator Gail Brooks, on Wednesday, also declined to disclose details, but said the agreement was "satisfactory."

"It has been settled and the issue has been positively resolved," she added.

Housing authority attorney Kevin L Halligan said the case is expected to be dismissed once the court enters a final order.



















 



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