November 17, 2003
Cleveland's public housing agency is trying to accommodate the needs of a 772-pound tenant immobilized by her weight. Forty-four-year-old Carmen Bowen has been involved in a tedious dispute with the housing agency over how much work must be done to accommodate her. Housing officials responded to a discrimination complaint over the issue saying they did not violate her rights. The agency is about to provide her with a handicapped-accessible apartment with extra space to allow an oversized wheelchair to turn. Bowen lives with her 19-year-old son and a caregiver. In August, 22 firefighters and EMS technicians worked for hours to move Bowen from her apartment so she could have dental work done.