Dakotas housing nonprofit closes

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A fair housing nonprofit organization in the Dakotas has closed after losing its federal funding.

Board member Cheryl Bergian says Fair Housing of the Dakotas lost the funding because of a discrimination complaint filed by a director who was fired last June for poor performance. Kourtney Hollingsworth claims she was fired because she's black and because she questioned Fair Housing's use of federal Housing and Urban Development grants.

Bergian tells the Bismarck Tribune that HUD requires that the complaint be resolved and that hasn't happened.

A HUD spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the discrimination complaint was a reason for funding being ended.

Bismarck-based Fair Housing fought housing discrimination in North Dakota and South Dakota and offered services including housing assistance and counseling.