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Housing Discrimination Complaints Based On Disability Up

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Nearly half of all housing discrimination complaints last year were based on disability, the federal government said in a report released this week.

Of the 10,155 complaints of housing discrimination filed with local, state and federal agencies in 2010, 4,839 were allegations of disability discrimination.

Meanwhile, the next highest number of complaints were on the basis of race with 3,483 grievances filed, according to an annual report on the state of fair housing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

There were less than half that many filings in each of the other six categories available.

The complaints were brought under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or familial status in most circumstances related to renting or purchasing a home.

While the overall number of housing discrimination complaints in 2010 dipped somewhat compared to the 10,242 complaints filed the previous year, disability grievances were up slightly from 4,458 in 2009.

“Our goal is to put an end to unlawful housing discrimination,” said John Trasviña, assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at the Housing Department. “We have made progress in reducing housing discrimination, but more work needs to be done.”

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  1. disabilitiesrightsadvocate says:

    Housing is such a major concern for people with disabilities. Unfortunately there happens to be a huge deficiency in the number of available accessible housing units, particularly when factoring in the issue of affordability. This in turn creates a great basis for discrimination on more than one basis and we must begin to address these concerns immediately. There are funds available that if utilized could create accessible and affordable housing units for people with disabilities who are dependent upon the extremely low benefit rates provided by SSI and SSDI, but as it stands, these funds are under utilized since many people are oblivious. Many advocates would argue that the lack of affordable and accessible housing alone is grounds for discrimination due to the fact that these two factors are the biggest contributor for homelessness among people with disabilities. Is that fair?

  2. nantelo says:

    let me say this there is no where in the state of ct for families to live that have childern with disabilities if so where are they ? i live in middletown ct and boy i’m having such a hard time with finding housing i live in a carrabetta complex and you have to fight so hard with them i have to carry my son who is 11years in his wheelchair up 6 steps day in day out i just cry sometimes to think where is the caring for families like mine i know there are many families like mine that need housing for our kids and family and housing that is not in a high price range i’m so sad i worry everyday i’m never going to find a place for my son how come the state of ct doesn’t care?

  3. seeandbesafe.com says:

    @disabilitiesrightsadvocate

    I would love to know what these resources are. For years I searched for a funding stream via grants or some other means to create a housing program for disabled individuals. My city was always plagued with what they referred to as a blight problem. Even before Hurricane Katrina did its damage, the city of New Orleans was filled with boarded up and abandon properties. City politicians were always searching for a way to get these properties into the hands of investors so that they can be put back onto the market. I was looking for a way to merge affordable housing with accessible housing. The idea was to secure the blighted properties from the city of New Orleans and then renovate the properties with a universal design. Homes with a U.D. layout would be appealing to both nondisabled and disabled individuals. I had no luck finding a grant or funding stream for my idea and so I dropped it. Accessible housing remains an incredibly difficult area of community living for disabled individuals. I’ve lived in several appointments over the past few years whose idea of accessible means that there is somewhere near the building or that there is a blue wheelchair painted on the asphalt of the parking lot to indicate disabled parking. Contractors, investors and builders simply aren’t designing housing with us in mind. That is, unless you over 55. There seems to be much interest in the over 55 housing market as an investment strategy. But as it relates to the nonelderly disabled, accessible housing seems almost nonexistent.

  4. hdemic says:

    Dear disabilitieseightsadvocate,
    What funds exactly are you refering to??? I think we all want to know.
    Sincerely,
    hdemic
    PS If you have to be below dirt poor I thibk you are refering to the homeless shelters. sorry, I had to add that.

  5. kas6729 says:

    My six year old daughter is severely disable and our battle to find appropriate section 8 housing for us to live in and our battle to get on section 8 (over a year) is the driving force behind my idea. I don’t want anyone else to go through what we had to go through. My idea has become my dream and one day I would like to take it nationwide, but one thing stands in my way, the way the law is worded. I can not provide housing exclusively to disabled individuals because the law in ohio says that is discrimination. I say not so, because a non-disabled person or someone who does not have a disabled child can live anywhere and there is plenty of house units available to them. Disabled persons and persons with a disabled child have an extremely limited selection and have to take what they are given or what is out there and most of the time the housing unit is not accessible to the disabled individual.
    Find me a way around this and I will build it, and build it, and build it till it is nationwide. Affordable, accessible, single family housing!!!

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