Residents File Complaint With HUD

Galveston Daily News. September 25, 1996. p.7-A

Texas City-Residents of a Texas City apartment complex have filed a complaint with the Housing and Urban Development Department about a clause in its lease agreement.

Consetta Gilmore, leader of a group of apartment residents called the Coalition for Civil Rights, claims a clause limiting the number of people per bedroom staying in an apartment discriminates against low income families receiving HUD assistance.

But managers of the Wood Hollow Place apartments say the clause in question comes from a statute designed to protect families from being overcrowded.

The clause limits the number of people in an apartment to two per bedroom plus a child under six months old staying with his or her parents.

The coalition is seeking a change in the clause.

They are represented by Stephen C. McIntyre of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation.