HUD charges White Plain, New York, Co-op with housing discrimination for refusing to sell unit to persons with disabilities

May 05, 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging a White Plains, New York, co-op with housing discrimination for refusing to grant an exception to its policies that would allow a person with disabilities to buy a unit there.
     HUD’s Office of Regional Counsel for New England, which has jurisdiction over the case, issued the Charge of Discrimination on April 26.Read the charge. The Fair Housing Act protects residents with disabilities who request reasonable accommodations in policies or practices.
     Additionally, the law makes it illegal to make housing unavailable to any person because of a disability. “Persons with disabilities depend on reasonable accommodations to level the playing field when it comes to finding a place to call home. Refusing to provide them denies access to housing and it violates the law,” said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD will continue to take action when owners and homeowner associations fail to meet their obligations under the Fair Housing Act.”