- Posted at 9:44, November 23, 2013
- By Russ Bleemer
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced early this week that it is filing suit against an unnamed woman who the East River Housing Corp. tried to evict for having a dog.
The woman maintained that the dog, which she found tied to a bench, was a medically-prescribed support animal. She asked the building to accommodate her disabilities by allowing her to keep the dog.
The owners of the massive Coop Village complex denied her request, then went to NYC housing court to get her evicted because of the dog.
The act, according to HUD, requires "housing providers to make reasonable accommodations in their rules, policies, practices, or services when needed to provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to use or enjoy a dwelling. This includes waiving pet limitation policies for persons who need emotional support animals."
The 63-year-old coop, which is designed as moderate and low-income housing and has roots dating back to 1920s efforts to improve the quality of life for nearby tenement dwellers, went to great lengths to deny the mentally ill woman's request and prevent her from keeping a dog, according to the lengthy HUD charge.
The case will be heard by a U.S. administrative law judge unless East River Housing decides to remove it to federal court. For more details, see HUD's press release here.