Successes

Learn about a few of the people the Center has helped find housing, keep their family in their home, or find or keep housing that accommodates their disabilities.


Towanna’s Story: Securing a Reasonable Accomodation

Photo of Client Towanna R. and her daughter. Towanna is sitting beside her young daughter's wheelchair and both are smiling.Towanna R. lives in a West Haven apartment with her 9-year-old daughter, who uses a wheelchair.  For over a year, Towanna repeatedly requested an assigned parking spot close to their apartment entrance to make it safer to move her daughter in and out of the car.  There was also damage to the sidewalk that made it dangerous for her daughter’s wheelchair.  The landlord never responded to her requests, so Towanna contacted the Center.  After investigating, the Center sent a letter to the landlord requesting an assigned parking spot as a reasonable accommodation and demanding the sidewalk be repaired.  Finally, they agreed.  “Now, it’s safe for us,” says Towanna.  “Without the Center, we would not have gotten this.”  

 


Natalie’s Story: Fighting Source of Income Discrimination

CFHC Client Natalie Moore and her young daughter on the front steps on their home. Both are smiling.Wanting to leave a poorly-maintained apartment, Natalie M. had spent months searching for a better place for her family to live. She responded to an ad for what sounded like the perfect home  in Hamden – 3 bedrooms, convenient to shopping and schools – but was told that the landlord would not accept the housing choice voucher (“section 8”) that Natalie planned to use to cover a portion of her rent.  In Connecticut, it is illegal to discriminate based on a person’s lawful source of income.  Natalie contacted the Center for help.  The Center investigated and brought complaints against the landlord, real estate salesperson, and brokerage firm.  Eventually, we negotiated a settlement that enabled Natalie to secure a new rental home that met all of her family’s needs.  “The Center was a godsend,” Natalie says.  “They worked tirelessly to help us.  Now, we have a lovely, safe home.”  

 

 


renters rights, landlord rights, fair housing, eviction, fair housing laws, stop foreclosureThe Bilbos’ Story: Fighting Racial Discrimination

An interracial couple, Taika and Jermaine Bilbo wanted to sublet their rented home to an African-American woman, DeMechia Wilson, and her children.

But the Bilbos’ landlord refused permission. By way of explanation, he claimed that his neighbors would object to “too many blacks in the neighborhood.”

The Bilbos reached out to the Center, which filed a complaint on their behalf alleging racial discrimination.

After an investigation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center removed the case to Connecticut Federal Court, which found in favor of the Bilbos for an award of more than $110,000.

 

 


Mavis’s Story – Saving a Home of 20 Years from Foreclosure
Photo of CFHC Client Mavis Silvera. She is standing in front of her home - a white house with green shutters - and smiling.

Mavis S. has owned a 2-family home in Hartford for over 20 years.  She fell behind on her mortgage after she lost her job and the tenant in the other unit caused extensive damage.  Just as she was trying to get back on her feet, Hurricane Irene caused more damage to her home, leading to even more bills piling up.  Facing foreclosure, she attended mediation, but her loan servicer refused to respond to her application for a loan modification.  She approached the Center for help, and we were able to negotiate a substantial loan modification that allowed her to keep her home and even secure financing for the repairs.  Mavis and her family will now be able to stay in their home for years to come.  

 

 


VIDEO: Charles’s Story – Stopping a Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure on an Elderly Homeowner

91-year-old Charles McBroom had lived in his Stratford home for 37 years when his reverse mortgage lender threatened to foreclose.  A WWII vet, Mr. McBroom and his wife had obtained a reverse mortgage, a type of home equity loan for seniors, to get the money they needed to make repairs to the house.  Reverse mortgages often contain complex and confusing loan terms that trip up many borrowers.  Check out the video to learn more about Mr. McBroom’s story and how the Center was able to help him stay in his home.

Preventing Foreclosure on a Reverse Mortgage: Mr. McBroom’s Story

A reverse mortgage is a type of home equity loan that enables older homeowners to access the equity in their homes. While they can be helpful for some homeowners, all too often these loans are marketed using misleading advertising and closed without fully explaining terms to borrowers.

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