On January 30, 2006, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. SDC Legend Communities, Inc., et al., (W.D. Tex.), alleging a pattern or practice of discrimination by the architects, engineers, developers, builders, and owners of two, multi-family residential complexes constructed in Austin, Texas, through the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The complaint alleges a failure to design and construct two complexes in compliance with the accessibility and adaptability features mandated by section 804(f)(3)(C) of the Fair Housing Act. Specifically, the complaint alleges that 52 ground level units at St. Johns Village and 110 ground level units at Huntington Meadows lack: public and common areas that are readily accessible and usable to persons in wheelchairs; doors within the covered unit sufficiently wide enough to allow passage for a person who uses a wheelchair, accessible routes within the units, bathroom walls that are reinforced for later installation of grab bars; bathrooms and kitchens wide enough to allow space to maneuver a wheelchair; environmental controls and outlets in accessible locations.
The complaint seeks injunctive relief, monetary damages for those harmed by the lack of accessibility, and civil penalties.