I am seeing outrageous discrimination against people with disabilities moving into community homes from state institutions in southern Illinois. I have expressed The Arc’s concern to the Attorney General’s Office and they are investigating at this time. I hope the Attorney General comes down very hard on this violation of fair housing!Here is a Dept. of Justice lawsuit filed in California.
Justice Department Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against the City of San Jacinto, California, Alleging Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Jacinto, Calif., alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act based on its treatment of group homes for persons with disabilities. This lawsuit is part of the Justice Department’s continuing effort to enforce civil rights laws that require states and municipalities to end discrimination against, and unnecessary segregation of, persons with disabilities.
The lawsuit, filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that the city has impermissibly restricted the ability of group homes for people with disabilities to operate within the city. Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/November/12-crt-1348.html
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423