Federal investigation stems from the city revoking homeless shelter's permit

October 11, 2013
Federal housing officials are investigating the city for possible fair housing violations after it revoked a permit for a homeless shelter on Winchester Road in 2012.
     The Lexington Fair Housing Council, a nonprofit group, filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD in September 2012 after a conditional use permit for the Community Inn on Winchester Road was revoked by the Board of Adjustments.
     According to documents provided to the Herald-Leader, federal HUD investigators have accepted the complaint and opened an investigation that is ongoing. If the city is found guilty of violating federal fair housing laws or if the complaint is not settled, it might have to pay damages. The city could also be at risk for losing its federal housing funds, although that's rare, housing advocates say.