By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
There is currently one active Fair Housing Act complaint filed in Alcorn County, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Details on the complaint were not released.
“We can’t provide information on open cases,” said HUD spokeswoman Gloria Shanahan in an email to Corinth Today on Wednesday. “I can tell you that it was filed in March of this year.”
However, Shanahan did provide information on the Fair Housing complaint process. HUD reviews the initial information about a complaint to see if it alleges discrimination. If it does, HUD will file the complaint and investigate.
“The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing,” according to HUD. “The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.”
As part of its investigation, HUD will interview the person who filed the complaint, the person it was filed against and witnesses.
“HUD has the authority to take depositions, issue subpoenas and interrogatories, and compel testimony or documents,” according to the agency.
A determination of “no reasonable cause” will be entered If HUD finds no discrimination occurred.
The person who filed the complaint could then choose to take the matter to federal court.
But if HUD’s investigation finds that discrimination occurred then the person or entity will be charged with violating the law.
After a charge has been issued, “a HUD administrative law judge will hear the case unless either party elects to have the case heard in federal civil court,” the agency says.
Damages could be awarded to the person who filed the complaint.
The Fair Housing Act requires HUD to bring the parties together to attempt to reach an agreement.
There were no Fair Housing Act complaints filed currently in Prentiss, Tishomingo or Tippah counties.