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Nevada corporation accused of housing discrimination

Apartment owner allegedly refused to lease to disabled African-American couple

The Department of Housing and Urban Development today reported its fifth action in a month on alleged Fair Housing violations. HUD today announced it charged the Grand Canyon Enterprises Inc., owner of the a seven-unit apartment building in Reno, Nev., with violating the Fair Housing Act for allegedly refusing to rent an apartment to an African-American couple based on their race/color and their disabilities. On April 22, 2002 an African-American couple with disabilities learned of a two-bedroom apartment vacancy at 750 Moran St. from a Caucasian who resided at the complex. Charles and Victoria Bell, and Carolyn Jackson, Ms. Bell's mother, met Anita Grabowski, the property manager and part shareholder, at the apartments. While viewing the apartments, Victoria told the manager that the building was great because she was on kidney dialysis and she could walk to Washoe Medical Center. Charles viewed the apartment while using his mobile oxygen tank. After viewing the apartment, Grabow...