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Newspaper publisher accused of housing discrimination

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The U.S. Housing and Urban Development said today it has charged the Want Ads of Boise Inc., the publisher of the Thrifty Nickel, with violating the Fair Housing Act by accepting and publishing housing ads that excluded potential owners and renters because of their familial status. The charge stems from a September 2003 complaint filed by the Intermountain Fair Housing Council (IFHC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure inclusive housing for all people throughout Idaho. Between August and October 2003, the IFHC found the locally published Thrifty Nickel newspaper published housing advertisements that indicated a preference based on familial status that excluded children. Typical of the illegal ads that ran were the following: Aug. 28, 2003 - "FOR RENT: Small, furnished, 1 bedroom house $500 per month, utilities paid. No children or pets... Aug. 28, Sept. 4, and Sept. 18, 2003 - "GREAT DEAL 2 bedroom condo with a pool Boise Beach area only $550. 2 bedroom mobile ...