HUD charges Miami housing corporation with discriminating

April 21, 2010
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it is charging the Urban League Housing Corporation of Greater Miami, Inc., its president, and a management company with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to make one of its units accessible for a disabled veteran.
     HUD brings the charge on behalf of a 71 year-old double amputee veteran, who uses a wheelchair for mobility. In addition, the Corporation allegedly refused to transfer the veteran to an accessible unit and threatened to evict him after he sought assistance from the Miami-Dade County Commissioner’s office.
     The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to refuse to grant persons with disabilities reasonable accommodations, such as changes to rules, policies or practices that allow them to fully enjoy their home. The Fair Housing Act also prohibits coercing, intimidating, threatening, or interfering with a person for having exercised their fair housing rights.