HUD: Woman Evicted for Kid’s Race
WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) _ Two landlords are charged with evicting a white woman because she planned to baby-sit her 3-year-old biracial grandson at her apartment.
A day after Ann O’Dea moved into an apartment on the second floor of Laura and Agustino Craveiro’s West Islip home in 1997, Mrs. Craveiro allegedly asked about the racial background of her grandson Travis. The boy’s mother is white and his father is black.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Craveiro told Ms. O’Dea: ``I have to ask, can you baby-sit elsewhere, because the neighbors object to it.″
About an hour later, HUD charged, she told Ms. O’Dea, ``Ann, I have to ask you to leave, I don’t want any trouble.″
Several days later, Ms. O’Dea was given a 30-day eviction notice, HUD said.
The Craveiros are charged with housing discrimination, a civil violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. It carries possible penalties of up to $44,000 plus compensation for damages and attorneys’ fees.
A call to their Craveiros home Wednesday did not go through. They told investigators they evicted Ms. O’Dea because she failed to pay her rent, according to HUD.
Ms. O’Dea said she stopped payment on a rent check after Mrs. Craveiro told her to move out.
``I was just shocked at how blatant this discrimination was,″ Ms. O’Dea said in a statement. ``It made me physically sick.″