Hearing set on Charlottesville housing settlement

POSTED: 8:49 AM Nov 05 2013   UPDATED: 5:53 PM Nov 05 2013

A January hearing is set on the proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit alleging Charlottesville public housing residents were overcharged for electricity.

Media outlets report that U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad preliminarily approved the settlement on Monday.

Under the settlement, the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority would pay residents a total $160,000.

Residents will have opportunity to comment on the agreement at a fairness hearing on Jan. 13.

The Legal Aid Justice Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of public housing residents in June 2012. The lawsuit alleged that residents were overcharged for electricity because the authority failed to provide adequate energy allowances.