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Fair Housing charges escalate

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In its seventh action since September, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today charged the owners, operators and a resident manager of Urbana Estates, a mobile home park in Urbana, Ohio, with fair housing violations. HUD's investigation showed that in April 2002, Urbana MHP, LLC, purchased the mobile-home park and appointed Randy and Mary Daniels as resident managers. Later that summer, Randy Daniels allegedly used racial epithets and told residents he did not want African-American residents living in the park. In June 2002, Randy Daniels died and his son Robin Daniels was appointed as his replacement. Later that summer, Robin Daniels allegedly continued the pattern of harassment against African-American residents. On a separate occasion, Lloyd Stewart, an African-American resident, called the rental office to complain about what he considered management trespassing on his property. Once the call ended, Robin Daniels called the local police to report that Stewart ha...