Monday, April 10, 2006.
WASHINGTON - The number of housing discrimination complaints filed by people with disabilities increased 8 percent last year, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Disability discrimination accounted for 40 percent of the cases filed with HUD and state and local housing agencies. Racial discrimination allegations made up 38 percent of the cases. The other 22 percent involved allegations that landlords refused to make reasonable accommodations to assist a person with a disability.
"No one should be denied housing because they require a guide dog, an assigned parking space or some other reasonable accommodation because of a disability," says Kim Kendrick, HUD assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity.
HUD and its local and state partners handled 9,254 housing discrimination complaints last year. Of these, 3,092 cases were settled. HUD found "reasonable cause" to believe discrimination occurred in 428 cases and issued discrimination charges in 47 cases.
For more information, see www.hud.gov.
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