The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged several entities controlling a Cannon Falls, Minn., apartment complex with violating the Fair Housing Act for their roles in allegedly steering a potential black renter to another town. HUD has brought charges against Marlene McGee, manager of the Cannon Valley Apartment complex; Croix Management Co.; Cannon Valley Apartments Limited Partnership; and Margaret Alden, general partner of Cannon Valley. "Steering home seekers to or from particular areas because of their race is against the law," said Kim Kendrick, HUD assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "The Fair Housing Act guarantees everyone the right to live where they choose, and when that right has been violated we will take swift action." HUD's investigation showed that in March 2005, Jo Lynn Rainer saw a local newspaper ad on Cannon Valley Apartments in Cannon Falls. Rainer called to inquire about vacancies and eventually ended up speaking wi...
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