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Lyman Terrace Complaint

Lyman Terrace Complaint

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COMMONWEALTHOF'MASSACHUSETTSCOMMISSIONAGAINSTDISCRIMINATIONMCADDocketNo.CITYOFHOLYOKEandHOLYOKEHOUSINGAUTHORITY,
Respondents.
COMPLAINT
EDDAAMARO,et
al,C
omplainants,
v.INTRODUCTIONTheCityofHolyokeanditsHousingAuthorityhavedecidedtoseekpermissiontodemolishLymanTerrace,apublichousingprojectinthedowntownarea.BecausemostoftheLymanTerraceresidentsareHispanic,thedestructionoftheirhomes-andtheresidents'relocationawayfromHolyoke-wouldhaveadisparateimpactonaprotectedclassandwould,therefore,constituteunlawfuldiscrimination.ComplainantsareaskingtheCommissiontoseekaninjunctionfromtheSuperiorCourttostopthedemolition.A.PARTIESComplainants1.ComplainantEddaAmaroresidesatLymanTerrace(54WestCourt)andisHispanic.2.ComplainantSoniaGonzalezresidesatLymanTerrace(55EastCourt)andisHispanic.Page10f8
 
3.ComplainantJacquelineHernandezresidesatLymanTerrace(37WestCourt)andisHispanic.4.ComplainantEdwinMendozaresidesatLymanTerrace(6OliverStreet)andisHispanic.5.ComplainantJennetteRodriguezresidesatLymanTerrace(56WestCourt)andisHispanic.6.ComplainantLuguiSanchezresidesatLymanTerrace(48EastCourt)andisHispanic.Respondents7.RespondentCityofHolyokeisapoliticalsubdivisionoftheCommonwealthofMassachusettswithaprincipalofficeatCityHall,536DwightStreet,Holyoke,MA01040.TheofficerofcitygovernmentauthorizedtoacceptserviceofthisComplaintisMayorAlexB.Morse.ComplainantsnameMr.Morsesolelyandexclusivelyforthepurposesofservicepursuantto804C.M.R.1.08,andnothinghereinshouldbeconstrued
as
aclaimagainstMr.Morseindividually.
8.
RespondentHolyokeHousingAuthorityisapublicbodypoliticandcorporatecreatedunderM.G.L.c.121B,§3andanoperatingagencywiththecapacitytosueandbesuedunder§§8and11.Itsprincipalofficeisat475MapleStreet,Holyoke,MA01040.TheofficerauthorizedtoacceptserviceofthisComplaintisRosalieM.Deane,ExecutiveDirector.ComplainantsnameMs.Deanesolelyandexclusivelyforthepurposesofservicepursuantto804C.M.R.1.08,andnothinghereinshouldbeconstruedas
a
claimagainstMs.Deaneindividually.Page20f8
 
B.
CLASSALLEGATIONS9.Complainantsbringthisactionindividuallyand,onbehalfoftheresidentsofLymanTerrace,asaclassactionpursuanttoC.M.R.1.09(4).10.Theclassissonumerousthatjoinderofallmembersisimpractical.Questionsoflawandfactarecommontotheclass,andComplainants'claimsaretypicaloftheclaimsoftheotherclassmembers.Asrepresentativeparties,Complainantswillfairlyandadequatelyprotecttheinterestsoftheclass.Thepublicinterestisservedbyaclassproceeding.C.JURISDICTION11.TheCommissionhasjurisdictionoverthismatterpursuanttoM.G.L.c.151B,§4(6);M.G.L.c.121B,§32;and,asaparticipantintheDepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment(HUD)FairHousingAssistanceProgram,thefederalFairHousingActof1968,42U.S.C.§3601,
etseq.
D.FACTS12.LymanTerraceisapublichousingsitecomprising18buildingscontaining167unitslocatedat122LymanStreetwithintheCityofHolyoke.13.LymanTerraceisfederallyassistedhousingwithinthemeaningof24C.F.R.§5.100inthatitreceivesproject-basedortenant-basedassistanceunderSection8oftheU.S.HousingActof1937(42U.S.C.§1437F).14.LymanTerraceispubliclyassisted,contiguouslylocated,multipledwellinghousingaccommodationwithinthemeaningofM.G.L.c.151B,§§1(10)and4(6).15.LymanTerraceconstitutesanEnvironmentalJusticeCommunitywithinthemeaningoftheEnvironmentalJusticePolicyoftheMassachusettsExecutiveOfficeofEnergyandEnvironmentalAffairs,whichdesignationappliestoneighborhoodswithanannualmedianPage3of8

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