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UNITED STATES SETTLES HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASE

 UNITED STATES SETTLES HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASE
 BOSTON, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Budd and


the Chief of the Housing and Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Paul Hancock, announced today that an agreement has been reached with Saxonville Road Realty Trust and Charles F. Rousseau to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that the Trust and Rousseau violated the federal Fair Housing Act.
 In the lawsuit, brought by the United States on behalf of Brandon Residential Treatment Center, the United States alleged that the defendant violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to sell or negotiate for the sale to Brandon of two homes located on Water Street in Framingham, Mass. Brandon proposed to use the homes as residences for children participating in a program for children with special needs. The United States alleged that the proposed residents would have been handicapped within the meaning of the Fair Housing Act and that the defendants refused to sell to Brandon because of the handicap of the proposed residents. Brandon intervened in the case.
 In the settlement agreement filed in court today, the defendants agreed to comply with the Fair Housing Act in the future, including when they advertise for the sale or rental of dwellings and when they use real estate agents or brokers. The United States will have access to their records for the next two years to assure that they are complying with the Act and the agreement. In addition, the trust agreed to pay, and has paid, $30,000 to Brandon. The defendants did not admit liability in the agreement.
 The United States' case was prosecuted by Harvey L. Handley, III of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Division of the Justice Department and Suzanne E. Durrell, Deputy Chief of the Civil Defense and Enforcement Bureau of Budd's office. Brandon, who intervened in the case, was represented by attorney Kenneth Margol.
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