Kushner - Fair housing complaints

Frank Matt filed this request with the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America.
Tracking # 18-00139
Status
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From: Frank Matt

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I request all fair housing complaints about or mentioning Kushner Companies, Westminster Management or properties owned by these companies, their subsidiaries or partnerships, including but not limited to the following properties:
Dutch Village - 2349 Perring Manor Rd, Baltimore, MD 21234
Carriage Hill - 3416 Curtis Dr, Suitland, MD 20746
Highland Village - 3953 McDowell Ln, Halethorpe, MD 21227
Pleasant View Gardens - 201 Aisquith St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Riverview Townhomes - 600 Fifth Ave, Halethorpe, MD 21227
Commons at White Marsh - 9901 Langs Rd, Middle River, MD 21220
Harbor Point Estates - 911 S Marlyn Ave, Essex, MD 21221
Whispering Woods - 37 Alberge Ln, Middle River, MD 21220
Cove Village - 2 Driftwood Ct, Essex, MD 21221
Fontana Village - 1 Orion Ct, Rosedale, MD 21237

I also request all documents and correspondence--including emails, written and electronic communication-- regarding or mentioning these complaints.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Frank Matt

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Matt,
Attached, please find a letter acknowledging the Department of Housing and Urban Development's receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, 18-FI-HQ-00139.
Thank you for your interest in the Department's programs and policies.
Best,
Ethan G. Bodell, Esq.
Government Information Specialist
Office of the Executive Secretariat

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Jayne,

I'm emailing regarding your FOIA request, 18-FI-HQ-00139. In your request, you asked for complaints related to Kushner Companies and/or Westminster Management, including, but not limited to, several named properties in Maryland. The Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity program office ran a search for fair housing complaints related to these companies, and let me know that they turned up five results related to Westminster Management - two in Maryland, one in Delaware, and two in Ohio. They asked that I check with you to inquire whether you wanted the records for Ohio or Delaware, as this may indicate multiple organizations with that name (results turned up for Westminster Mgt. L.P. and Westminster Management Co.).

Please advise as to what portions of these records you are interested in, and I can proceed accordingly.
Best,

Ethan G. Bodell, Esq.
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Executive Secretariat
FOIA Branch, Room 10139
(202) 402-3450 | ethan.g.bodell@hud.gov

From: Frank Matt

Hi, Ethan.

Thank you very much for your attention to my request and for reaching out to me to clarify this matter. Please do include all the records for Ohio and Delaware.

Also, I realize I neglected to include important language in my initial request related to fee category. I apologize for this omission. I request a waiver of fees for this request as a member of the news media. I am a freelance reporter whose work has been published with McClatchy Newspapers, The Investigative Fund and Al Jazeera English. I am currently working on projects for The Investigative Fund, Climate Home and MuckRock.

Thanks again for your time. Please let me know if anything else about my request is unclear.

Best regards,

Frank Matt

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Matt,

Thanks for the state-related clarification. Just so I am clear, are you asking for a fee waiver, or to be classified as a member of the news media? These are two separate things.
Best,

Ethan

From: Frank Matt

The latter, thank you!

Best,
Frank Matt

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

To whom it may concern:

FOIA 18-FI-HQ-00139 is still being processed. The initial search phase has been completed, and the FOIA branch is reviewing the results of that search in order to prepare the final package for signature and release to you as soon as possible.
Best,

Ethan Bodell

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Matt,

Request 18-00139 has been finalized and delivered to the FOIA Branch Chief for final signature. Once the package is approved, the final response will be electronically sent out to you same-day.
Best,

Ethan G. Bodell, Esq.
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Executive Secretariat
FOIA Branch, Room 10139
(202) 402-3450 | ethan.g.bodell@hud.gov

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Matt,

Attached, please find the Department's final response to your FOIA request, 18-FI-HQ-00139.

Thank you for your interest in the Department's programs and policies.
Best,

Ethan G. Bodell, Esq.
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Executive Secretariat
FOIA Branch, Room 10139
(202) 402-3450 | ethan.g.bodell@hud.gov

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