Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Funds to Quincy Housing Authority frozen

The Quincy Housing Authority has become ineligible for  federal funding until it addresses a current tenant's complaint of disability discriminationThe United States Department of Housing and Urban Development froze funding for the Housing Authority after its representatives allegedly failed to respond to inquiries from the federal government regarding the discrimination complaint.  

The complaint arose after a tenant requested a transfer to another unit last year because of alleged harassment and threats from a neighbor.  With her request, the tenant allegedly submitted a letter from her doctor claiming she is disabled and is being treated for depression and anxiety. According to the Patriot Ledge, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination issued a finding that the Housing Authority failed to engage in an interactive process to accommodate the tenant's disability, as required by state and federal disability law, and failed to show that accommodating the tenant's request for a transfer would create an undue hardship.  

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