US-DOJ Settles Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination over Inaccessible Housing Complexes

February 27, 2014 in Community News
Disability.gov updatesJustice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination over Inaccessible Housing ComplexesThe U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a federal district court judge in Jackson, MS, has approved a settlement with the owners and developers of nine multifamily housing complexes in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The Justice Department’s lawsuit alleged that the housing complexes did not have accessible features for people with disabilities. The Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act require these types of housing complexes to have accessible features. These include hardware that makes it possible to open doors and making sure that there are enough accessible parking spaces. Last year the departments of Justice and Housing & Urban Development issued guidance on the design and construction requirements under the Fair Housing Act. 

Read this recent guest blog post on Disability.Blog, Accessible Housing for Everyone.


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