MFJ and AARP File Lawsuit against NYS and Adult Homes to Stop Discrimination against People Using Wheelchairs

Mobilization for Justice and the AARP Foundation filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) and one adult home resident and her representative alleging discrimination against people who use wheelchairs. After receiving complaints from residents, FHJC conducted testing at four adult homes and found that they had blanket policies barring wheelchair users, regardless of their individual needs or abilities, and steered applicants who use wheelchairs to nursing homes. NYS Department of Health Regulations on this issue, enacted in 1978, have never been updated to comply with federal protections against disability discrimination despite being informed by advocates on multiple occasions over the years that the regulations are unlawful. Read complaint here.