WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has issued findings that the Housing Authority of Dallas (DHA), Texas, discriminated against a tenant with a disability by failing to provide a reasonable accommodation and seeking to evict her. Specifically, the DHA failed to transfer a tenant with a mobility disability to a ground-floor unit, forcing her to leave her wheelchair and crawl up or down the stairs in order to access or leave her housing.
“When the housing authority failed to provide this tenant with a ground floor unit, it violated her civil rights, subjected her to indignity, and interfered with her independent use and enjoyment of housing,” said Jeanine Worden, HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Reasonable accommodations are essential to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunity to enjoy and benefit from housing. HUD will vigorously enforce civil rights laws to ensure that individuals with disabilities served by HUD’s public housing programs are not subjected to discrimination.”
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