May 7, 2013

HUD and City of Barberton (OH) settle fair housing discrimination claim involving group home

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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.

Read more at the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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