Housing

Los Angeles settles accessible housing lawsuit for $200 million

Sunday, September 11, 2016The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 on August 30 to spend $200 million over the next decade to resolve an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit concerning the accessibility of the City’s public housing stock. “When our clients can’t find…

DOJ files Olmstead lawsuit against Mississippi

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Mississippi on August 11, accusing it of “unnecessarily and illegally” institutionalizing hundreds of people with mental illness daily in its state hospitals. “When individuals with mental illness receive the services they…

DOJ: Nevada illegally segregating inmates with HIV, other disabilities

Tuesday, July 12, 2016In a letter issued to the Nevada Department of Corrections [PDF] on June 20, the Department of Justice accused the state of subjecting people with HIV and other disabilities to a variety of forms of segregation and stigmatization, in violation…

Accessibility front and center in major Baltimore housing discrimination agreement

Tuesday, March 29, 2016Baltimore County announced a comprehensive settlement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a coalition of civil rights groups March 15, agreeing to expand the city’s affordable housing stock and undertake a variety of measures to expand opportunities…

Housing developer to pay $350,000 over accessibility violations

Friday, March 25, 2016A federal court signed off on a comprehensive settlement March 9 with the Department of Justice and an Alabama-based housing developer accused of building more than 2,500 inaccessible housing units in four states.
“Our country prohibits discrimination because of an …

Disability advocates call for reasonable accommodations in public housing eviction procedures

Tuesday, March 22, 2016The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities submitted public comments [PDF] to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 4, calling on the agency to create a reasonable accommodation exception for certain tenants with disabilities whose income disqualifies them…

Moving company fined for refusing to move person with Hepatitis C

Friday, February 5, 2016The Department of Justice announced an agreement with Two Men and a Truck on January 28, requiring the company to pay $13,500 in fines for discriminating against a woman with Hepatitis C. On September 15, 2012, one of the company’s…

Lawsuit accuses Pennsylvania of fostering unnecessary institutionalization

Thursday, February 4, 2016The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a class-action lawsuit [PDF] against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on January 19, accusing the state of failing to adequately provide community-based health care and housing services, forcing people with disabilities into…

Disability advocates weigh in on proposal to ban smoking in public housing

Friday, January 22, 2016Disability rights advocates are raising the alarm on a new Obama Administration proposal that they worry could potentially force thousands of people with disabilities out of their federally subsidized homes. In November, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued…

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