The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Barberton settled a claim after a five-month dispute over the expansion of a group home.
The city will grant the permit and pay $4,250 to the home’s owners and an attorney, according to the settlement released Monday.
The city’s planning department initially granted a conditional permit for the home to expand from four to eight residents. The citizen-led planning commission later denied the permit due to neighborhood opposition.
The owners of the Rehoboth Group home, with the help of the non-profit Fair Housing Advocates Association, filed a complaint with the federal agency on Nov. 30 calling the denial discriminatory and a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.
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