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After 18 months of effort to resolve housing issues with the Dallas Housing Authority, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING and 4 additional plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against the Dallas Housing Authority. 

In 2017, the Dallas Housing Authority canceled a Project-Based Voucher program because it adopted a 2005 HUD comment in the Federal register against allowing people to live in a Project-Based Voucher home that was owned by a family member. The Dallas Housing Authority also declined to allow a reasonable accommodation.

In 2014 HUD had published a new rule explicitly allowing people with disabilities to live in homes owned by family members as a reasonable accommodation. 

The Dallas Housing Authority choose to follow the 2005 HUD comment, and canceled a Project-Based Voucher program announced in 2016. CPSH and plaintiffs disagree with the decision to cancel the program.

The lawsuit claims illegal discrimination on the basis of disability, citing portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the federal Fair Housing Act, and the Texas Fair Housing Act.

The Plaintiffs bring this suit for relief against the Dallas Housing Authority. This affects families in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties. 

Would you please send an email to Housing Leaders in Dallas by filling out the form below?  We would like the Dallas Housing Authority and the Plaintiffs to negotiate a settlement for this case before it goes to a jury. A jury trial is expensive.  The trial and appeals process can take years. People with IDD need housing sooner rather than later.  Let's put the focus on the people that the Dallas Housing Authority are chartered to help. 

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This is what the email will say:

To: Troy Brussard, President, Dallas Housing Authority
To: Greg Mayes, In House Council, Dallas Housing Authority
To: Albert Black, Board Chairman, Dallas Housing Authority
To: Robin LeoGrande, President, CPSH
To: 5 Plaintiffs
To: Sara Pratt, Council, Relman Law
To: your email address

Subj: CPSH v. HHCD; Case No. 3:18-cv-02030-K

From: CPSHwebsite@gmail.com

I am requesting that all parties resolve this discrimination suit out of court in favor of the plaintiffs with the expectation that all the plaintiffs are made whole, and going forward Dallas Housing Authority and COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING use their time and resources to expand voucher programs to families with IDD in Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant Counties.

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING and several additional plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against the Dallas Housing Authority. The lawsuit claims illegal discrimination on the basis of disability, citing portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the federal Fair Housing Act, and the Texas Fair Housing Act.

In 2017, the Dallas Housing Authority canceled a Project-Based Voucher program because against allowing people to live in a Project-Based Voucher home that was owned by a family member. The Dallas Housing Authority also declined to allow a reasonable accommodation. With this action the Dallas Housing Authority chose to disreguard a 2014 HUD rule allowing for people with disabilities to live in homes owned by family members as a reasonable accommodation,

In 2017 HUD told the Dallas Housing Authority that it “should handle a Project-Based Voucher tenant’s or applicant’s reasonable accommodation request as it would any other reasonable accommodation request,” and that “regardless of whether the program regulation specifically refers to reasonable accommodations, Public Housing Authorities are always required to provide reasonable accommodations consistent” with federal civil rights laws.

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Please negotiate a settlement for this case before it goes to a jury. People with IDD need housing sooner rather than later.  Please put your resources toward creating more housing for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, as the law requires. 

Respectfully,
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