AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY SETTLES RACE CASE AGAINST YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP MOBILE HOME COMMUNITY

Ms. Paula Scott and family

Ms. Paula Scott and family. Photo Courtesy: Kristen Cuhran

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (877) 979-FAIR www.fhcmichigan.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
For more information contact: Pamela Kisch, 734-272-8383

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY SETTLES
RACE CASE AGAINST YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP
MOBILE HOME COMMUNITY

Paula Scott accepted a non-disclosed settlement to resolve her lawsuit against Swan Creek Mobile Home Community in Ypsilanti Township.

In April 2014, the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHC) took a complaint from Paula Scott. Ms. Scott alleged discrimination based on race. Ms. Scott was referred to the Fair Housing Center by Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM). Ms. Scott reported that on March 5, 2014, her 17-year-old African American daughter, Zakara Scott, was pushed to the ground and physically assaulted by Amanda Cadreau, a white adult resident at Swan Creek.

The police report filed immediately thereafter listed Zakara Scott as victim of Amanda Cadreau’s assault and battery. Although the police report listed Zakara Scott as the victim, Swan Creek staff requested statements regarding the incident only from the family of Amanda Cadreau, the perpetrator of the assault and battery. Two days after the assault and battery incident, Swan Creek served only the Scotts with an eviction notice.

On September 26, 2014, a jury convicted Amanda Cadreau of assault and battery against Zakara Scott. LSSCM and FHC Cooperating Attorney, Steve Tomkowiak, assisted in halting the eviction. Mr. Tomkowiak agreed to continue with the civil rights portion of the case and, on December 2014, filed suit on behalf of the Scott family against Swan Creek in U.S. Federal District Court. The case was assigned to the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman. The case settled on July 21, 2015 following a settlement conference before Magistrate-Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk.

Court: Federal, Settlement: Non-disclosed
Attached: Pictures of (left to right) Paula, Zamya, and Zakara Scott. Photos by Kristen Cuhran.
For high resolution photographs or a copy of the original complaint (2:14-cv-14828-BAF-MJH) filed 12/19/2014, please email kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org.
Previous Coverage: New Race Lawsuit Filed: White Tenant Attacks Black Teenager Yet Black Family Faces Eviction, Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor, 12/29/2014

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (formerly Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan), founded in 1992, actively protects the civil rights of those who are discriminated against in the rental, sale, or financing of housing through investigation, education, advocacy, and legal action. The FHC takes an average of 150 complaints each year from its eight-county service area – Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties.

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Seeking New President & CEO

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation President & CEO

Job Description

In 2013 the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation celebrated its 50th Anniversary and awarded a record $3.4 million in grants and scholarships, while receiving over $6.3 million in new gifts from more than 1,600 donors. AAACF currently manages over $76 million in total assets and more than 475 charitable funds on the community?s behalf. The Community Foundation has two geographic affiliates: the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund which was established in 2001, and the Community Foundation of Plymouth which was established in 2005.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President & CEO is responsible for directing the overall program and administrative activities of the Community Foundation and for the effective use of its financial and human resources. The President & CEO will provide leadership around growth and innovation.

This person must possess a strong interest and background in civic involvement and community leadership. This person will demonstrate evidence s/he can be an articulate and inspirational champion of the Community Foundation, one who is highly visible and totally engaged in the life of the community. The qualified candidate will demonstrate success engaging with people of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions. A track record of success in board relations and a desire to actively engage board members in the work of the organization are necessary. Working effectively with community stakeholders, including elected officials, governmental leaders and the business sector will also require this person to be able to balance often competing priorities through win-win negotiating strategies. Leading and empowering a highly competent staff and volunteers are needed skills as well.

This person has experience in all development vehicles so as to comfortably engage potential donors in discussions. Entrepreneurial experience that proves the candidate?s ability to recognize and act on fund development opportunities that may be innovative or non-traditional would be highly valued. Career experience in a top leadership position in a community foundation or other grantmaking foundation is preferable and an understanding of the community foundation financial model is desired. Knowledge of the Ann Arbor area is strongly preferred. Formal academic preparation, including training and/or certification in fields related to law, business, financial planning or nonprofit management, is expected.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to resumes@kittlemansearch.com. For more information about the opportunity, please visit www.kittlemansearch.com. To learn more about the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, please visit www.aaacf.org.

 

Contact Information

Business Name:

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Street:

301 North Main Street Suite 300

City/State/Zip:

Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1133

Local Phone:

(734) 663-0401

Fax:

(734) 663-3514

Email:

info@aaacf.org

Website Address:

http://www.aaacf.org

 

 

Camarrah Morgan

Executive Director

Child Care Network

3941 Research Park Drive, Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Direct: 734.975.1840 x 13    Fax:  734.975.1868

 

www.childcarenetwork.org 

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