Sunday, December 04, 2016

Section 8 Tenant Scores $5K & New Apartment In Fair Housing Suit Settlement From City Of Flagstaff, Local Housing Authority For Their Alleged Denial Of Her Request To Be Moved Away From Noisy Neighbors, Whose Disruptive Behavior Agitated Her Medical Disability

From the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (Washington, D.C.):
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced [] an agreement with the City of Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Flagstaff Housing Authority resolving allegations that they denied the reasonable accommodation requests of a resident with disabilities. Read the Voluntary Compliance Agreement.
    The case came to HUD's attention when a female resident filed a complaint alleging that the City of Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Housing Authority refused her request to be moved away from her neighbors, whose disruptive behavior agitated her medical disability. The woman alleged that even after she submitted a doctor's documentation supporting her contention that her medical condition made her highly sensitive to the disruptions, her requests to move were denied.

    Under the agreement, the housing authority will pay the woman $5,000, allow her to transfer to another unit within 90 days, and provide training to staff on the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Disability is the most common basis of complaint filed with HUD and its partner agencies. Last year alone, HUD and its state and local partners investigated more than 4,500 disability-related complaints, or nearly 55 percent of all fair housing complaints.

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