Housing Shortage for Those With Disabilities

According to a new report from Harvard, those with disabilities are facing numerous challenges in finding accessible rental housing in the U.S.. The Atlantic details the problem, writing, “Landlords by and large won’t invest unless they are receiving federal funds in return for making these changes, and developers are held only to relatively small quotas when constructing new buildings.” Read more

New York Times

The Architecture of Autism

Housing initiatives designed for adults with autism are springing up around the country. This New York Times report focuses on Sweetwater Spectrum, a $10.4 million project in the heart of California wine country. Sixteen adults spanning the full range of autism reside at Sweetwater, where they cook, plan social activities, exercise and learn to live “a life with purpose.” Read more.

The Washington Post

“Bank of America settles loan discrimination charges”

Bank of America has settled a lawsuit brought by customers with disabilities who were seeking loans on home mortgages between May 2007 and April 2012, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The customers who filed the lawsuit would not have been required to pay higher interest rates on mortgage loans or face any other increased financial burden beyond that of non-disabled applicants. Rather, the plaintiffs claimed that they were asked to provide documentation regarding Social Security income not required of other applicants, the story states. As the article details, Bank of America has faced similar allegations of discriminatory loan practices in the past. In this case, however, the bank says they were not breaking federal law and that the settlement decision was made only to mitigate litigation expenses, according to the article.

Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Broward files its first emotional disability pet lawsuit

The senior citizen in Deerfield Beach’s Century Village is so incensed over her condo’s refusal to honor her doctor’s “prescription’’ that she live with her dog, Sweetie, for emotional support, and the retaliation she says she suffered over her request, she’s made a federal case out of it, literally. Broward County government has taken her cause to the courthouse, and the public is paying for it.