On June 26, 2017, the court entered a consent decree in United States v. City of Jackson (S.D. Miss.). The complaint, which was filed on September 30, 2016, alleged that the city engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of disability in violation of the Fair Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city enforced these restrictions against the operator of a group home, resulting in an order requiring the home to close and the residents to relocate. The consent decree requires the city to pay $100,000 to the owner of Urban Rehab, Inc., $35,000 to the department as a civil penalty, and $50,000 to a settlement fund that will compensate other victims. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to revise its zoning code to permit persons in recovery to reside in all residential zones and to ease other restrictions on group homes for people with disabilities. It will also adopt a reasonable accommodation policy, train city employees on the requirements of the FHA and ADA, appoint a Fair Housing Compliance Officer, and report periodically to the Justice Department.
Case Open Date:
Friday, September 30, 2016
United States v. City of Jackson (S.D. Miss.)
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
USAO - Mississippi, Southern
Updated October 5, 2017