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Marion mobile home park owners ordered to pay $75,00 for discrimination

MARION, IL (KFVS) -

The owners of a mobile home park in Marion, Ill. have been ordered to pay $75,000 after allegations that they discriminated against African Americans and families with children.

Lyle Williams, Kyle Williams and David Williams, owners and operators of Williams Trailer Court mobile home park, have agreed to pay $75,000 after they allegedly violated the federal Fair Housing Act. 

The settlement was approved Aug. 31 by the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The settlement agreement resolves a lawsuit alleging that the owners and operators of the park, located at 200 East Patrick Street in Marion, Illinois, violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent mobile homes to African Americans and families with children.

The lawsuit is based on the results of a test conducted by the Department of Justice's fair housing testing program. 

The testing revealed that the manager and part owner of the park, Lyle Williams, falsely told African Americans inquiring about renting mobile homes that no homes were available, while telling white home-seekers that such mobile homes were available. 

The testing also revealed that Williams unlawfully discouraged families with children from living there. 

Under the terms of the settlement, defendants will establish a settlement fund in the amount of $45,000 to compensate victims of the discriminatory practices. 

Defendants also will pay $30,000 in civil penalties to the United States. 

They are also required to implement a nondiscrimination policy, establish new nondiscriminatory application and rental procedures, and undergo training on the Fair Housing Act. 

Those who believe they may have been discriminated against at Williams Trailer Court should contact the department at 1-800-896-7743, extension 3, or by email at fairhousing@usdoj.gov.   

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