Learn about a few of the people the Center has helped find housing, keep their family in their home, or find or keep housing that accommodates their disabilities.
So Donna asked for permission from the owner of her mobile-home park to hire a live-in aide, but the owner denied her request. Furthermore, he retaliated against her by refusing to repair her deteriorating septic system.
Frantic, Donna turned to the Center, which filed a lawsuit on Donna’s behalf. In the end, the Connecticut Federal District Court awarded Donna nearly $350,000 for the violation of her civil and consumer rights.
Eladia Dilone lived on the 17th floor of a public housing building. Disabilities limit her ability to walk. Frustratingly, the elevator in her building was frequently out-of-service, making it very difficult for Eladia to leave her building and get to her doctor appointments.
Eladia’s doctor recommended that she move to a lower-floor apartment. Although Eladia provided the public housing authority with a letter from her doctor, her request for a new unit was ignored.
Eladia contacted the Center, which quickly stepped in. Center staff were able to negotiate with the housing authority and secure a first-floor apartment for Eladia.
An interracial couple, Taika and Jermaine Bilbo wanted to sublet their rented home to an African-American woman, DeMechia Wilson, and her children.
But the Bilbos’ landlord refused permission. By way of explanation, he claimed that his neighbors would object to “too many blacks in the neighborhood.”
The Bilbos reached out to the Center, which filed a complaint on their behalf.
After an investigation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center removed the case to Connecticut Federal Court, which found in favor of the Bilbos for an award of more than $110,000.
Three times a week, Anna Brainard was picked up outside her home in a senior housing unit and driven to her medical treatments. She awaited her ride in the only chair at the building’s entrance.
But then, as part of a building remodeling project, the chair vanished.
Anna’s request to her landlord was simple: return or replace the chair so that she would once again have a place to sit while awaiting her ride. The landlord refused.
Anna contacted the Center. Center staff were able to reason with the landlord, and — in compliance with her rights under the federal Fair Housing Act — Donna won back her chair.