Latino immigrant becomes first plaintiff in landmark federal housing discrimination lawsuit to benefit from new affordable housing in the village
Anna Maria Mora Gomez, one of nine Latino Farmingdale tenants who were displaced from their homes at 150 Secatogue Avenue in the Village of Farmingdale, New York, when Fairfield Properties redeveloped their residence, moved into her new home on Aug. 1, 2016.
The one-bedroom apartment is in the newly constructed Cornerstone complex on Elizabeth Street. As a result of the settlement that was reached in Rivera v. Village of Farmingdale — the decade-long federal housing discrimination lawsuit brought by the displaced tenants with legal representation by over 100 Hofstra Law students in the Law Reform Advocacy Clinic — Mora will pay $918 a month for an apartment that would otherwise cost $2,645.
Additional units are now in the pipeline, and over a 10-year period, a total of 54 units will be allocated to low-income residents, with those displaced from 150 Secatogue Avenue given first priority.
Professor Stefan Krieger, the director of the clinic, was on hand to celebrate with Mora and give her some housewarming gifts.
View a video of the events of Aug. 1, in which Professor Krieger also reflects on the history of the Law Reform Advocacy Clinic’s involvement in the case and the significance of the precedent-setting settlement.