Non-Profit Files Lawsuit Against Dallas Housing Authority Alleging Discrimination

L.P. Phillips
August 07, 2018 - 10:52 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A Plano-based non-profit organization and five developmentally challenged people have filed suit against the Dallas Housing Authority, alleging discrimination.

The complaint filed against the Dallas Housing Authority accuses them of throwing roadblocks in the way of a federal program.

The Community for Permanent Supported Housing says the Dallas Housing Authority began, but never finished, a voucher program that lets intellectually challenged people live on their own.

Attorney Sara Pratt says all five of the individuals have the capacity to live outside their parents' homes.

"They should not be living at home, they're grown ups" said Pratt."They should not be living in a nursing home, they're not disabled in that way. They shouldn't be living in an institution, they should be coming and going to jobs, finding their transportation, and living with people their own age." 

The lawsuits asks a judge to enforce fair housing and discrimination laws.

Jacqueline Chen with the Dallas Housing Authority sent us an email reply to our request for comment on the lawsuit. 

In her response Chen says, "The Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) appreciates the mission of the Community for Permanent Supported Housing (CPSH) to help families find community-based residential options for adults with special needs. More than 12,000 people who participate in DHA’s Housing Voucher Program and public housing programs are persons with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We are disappointed that CPSH would attempt to file a claim against DHA concerning the families that we serve. Unfortunately, we cannot comment directly on any pending litigation, other than to state that DHA has not violated any laws in connection with these claims."