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Illinois landlord charged with Fair Housing violation

HUD alleges that woman refused to rent to African-Americans

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An Illinois landlord has been charged with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to rent on the basis of race, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said today. The agency charged Doris Rofrano of East Moline, Ill., with violating the Fair Housing Act when she allegedly refused to rent a townhouse in East Moline to African-Americans. Rofrano ran a rental ad in the local newspaper, the Argus Dispatch, from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26, 2004, according to a HUD investigation. Carol Collins, an African-American, and her son Troy Collins, the prospective renter, allegedly responded to the ad. When the two arrived to view the property, HUD said, Rofrano was apparently surprised to see that Carol Collins was African-American, and allegedly said, "I do not rent to colored people." "No family should be subjected to this type of humiliation when they are simply looking for a home," said Floyd May, HUD's general deputy assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. ...