Our Videos

August 2, 10

NEWS / Justice Department Files Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Dalton Township, Michigan


WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against Dalton Township, Mich., alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, charges that the township discriminated against persons with disabilities based on its treatment of a group home for persons recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and its failure to grant a reasonable accommodation or modification to the owner of the group home.

This lawsuit arose as a result of a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by Joel Kruszynski Sr., who, through Cedar Creek Investments Inc., and Serenity Shores Apartments LLC, owns and operates a group home known as "Serenity Shores."

The suit seeks a court order prohibiting future discrimination by the township and requiring the township to make a reasonable accommodation to permit the continued operation of Serenity Shores as a sober home for eight individuals and a resident manager. It also seeks payment of monetary damages to compensate victims and a civil penalty.

"The Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act seek to ensure that individuals with disabilities can live in communities of their choice without facing discrimination," said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. "We will continue our vigorous enforcement efforts to make certain that persons with disabilities are granted their rights under federal law."

"Under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities have the right to reside in communities and housing of their choice," said John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity. "HUD will take legal actions to ensure that they can live in the most integrated setting."

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex familial status, national origin and disability. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that State and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services and activities. More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.usdoj.gov/crt. Individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination or have information related to this lawsuit can call the Housing Discrimination Tip Line at 1-800-896-7743, e-mail the Justice Department at fairhousing@usdoj.gov, or contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777.

The complaint is an allegation of unlawful conduct. The allegations must still be proven in federal court.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/July/10-crt-869.html

 




Testimonials

AnnaMaria Realbuto
Thank you for all your assistance and efficiency...
Read More »
Kateryna Melnychenko
Thanks a lot Anton!...
Read More »
Rani Payne
Thank you so much! Iím sure I will be in touch again with something else that will need to be apost...
Read More »
Serge Bauer Law
Thank you again for your help with this case!...
Read More »



FAQ

What are the IRCA anti-discrimination and document abuse rules?
Read More »
What is a United States Congress?
Read More »
Will ICE be adding new degrees to the STEM Designated Degree Program List during the comment period?
Read More »
What if I need to travel outside the U.S. while my adjustment application is pending?
Read More »






News

May 24, 24
Death certificate of Michigan teenage killed in police pursuit lists trauma as cause of death
Read More »
May 22, 24
Premature baby born to US couple finally issued birth certificate
Read More »
May 16, 24
Bureaucratic snafu with birth certificate strands young US couple with newborn baby in Brazil
Read More »
May 13, 24
Apostille Convention to Take Effect in Rwanda in June
Read More »