DMFHC has settled and/or resolved several Fair Housing complaints in recent months. Read up on our progress in enforcing the Fair Housing Act below:
DMFHC filed a complaint against a housing provider for refusing to provide an approved reasonable modification for a woman with a disability. The complainant needed the old and damaged carpet in her unit replaced because it was exacerbating her respiratory problems. Because the property receives HUD funding, it is subject to section 504 and therefore required to cover the cost of the modification. The complainant received new hardwood floors in her unit a few months ago. When asked about how DMFHC had assisted her she said:
- "The advocacy, information, help, guidance and recommendations I received were extremely helpful and greatly enhanced by quality of life once the changes were made to the flooring in my unit."
A Fair Housing complaint brought forward by DMFHC alleging discrimination against families with children was settled by the Department of Justice in July. Through the use of fair housing testers at Westland Apartments in Lakewood, DMFHC uncovered the existence of a discriminatory policy that restricted families with children to a separate building in the apartment complex. Read the full DOJ press release here.
DMFHC filed a complaint against Katchen & Company and the owners of the Langford Apartments in Littleton for discrimination against families with children and people with disabilities. DMFHC as well as the bona fide complainant were represented by the Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center (CREEC). During the fair housing investigation conducted by DMFHC, fair housing testers were informed by the management company’s employee that children were not allowed to live in the building. In addition, testers were told that service animals would not be allowed for people with disabilities. For more information about the case, please read the full press release here.