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United States v. City of Anoka, Minnesota (D. Minn)


On June 4, 2024, the court entered a consent decree in United States v. City of Anoka, Minnesota (D. Minn). The complaint, which was filed on May 21, 2024, alleged that defendant violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act by enforcing its “crime free” housing ordinance in a manner that denies tenants with mental health disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from emergency response services. The complaint alleged that calls related to medical emergencies could be flagged as a “nuisance,” and tenants with mental health disabilities and those associated with them were deterred from calling for emergency help and faced the threat of eviction, fines, or loss of the landlord’s rental license. The complaint further alleged defendant improperly disclosed confidential medical information to all landlords relating to calls for emergency services. The consent decree requires defendant to revise its program rules and enforcement practices; adopt non-discrimination policies and complaint procedures; notify landlords and tenants of changes to the program; designate an ADA compliance coordinator; train staff; and pay $175,000 to compensate harmed individuals. The complaint and consent decree follow a letter of findings that the United States issued on November 7, 2023.

Press Release (5/21/2024)
Press Release (11/7/2023)

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United States v. City of Anoka, Minnesota (D. Minn)
Updated June 10, 2024