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Housing authority to pay $1.5 million in disabilities case

November 4, 2019 GMT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport’s housing authority must pay $1.5 million to individuals with disabilities harmed by its “discriminatory practices,” under a settlement reached with the U.S. Justice Department.

A consent order filed Monday also requires the authority, known as Park City Communities, to institute "broad reforms" to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities.That includes revising policies and processes for handling reasonable accommodation requests and developing an inventory of accessible units for tenants with mobility, vision and hearing-related disabilities. The authority must also pay a $25,000 civil penalty.A complaint filed in 2017 claimed the authority failed to properly process, decide or fulfill requests for reasonable accommodations, such as physical modifications to housing units. It also alleged there's an insufficient number of accessible units.Messages were left with city officials.
A consent order filed Monday also requires the authority, known as Park City Communities, to institute "broad reforms" to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities.That includes revising policies and processes for handling reasonable accommodation requests and developing an inventory of accessible units for tenants with mobility, vision and hearing-related disabilities. The authority must also pay a $25,000 civil penalty.A complaint filed in 2017 claimed the authority failed to properly process, decide or fulfill requests for reasonable accommodations, such as physical modifications to housing units. It also alleged there's an insufficient number of accessible units.Messages were left with city officials.