Gratus Housing Advocates, Inc. Files Multiple Fair Housing Complaints in New York State for a Disabled Person Requiring to Live with Her Assistance Animal [Service Dog].
Gratus Housing Advocates, Inc. [GHA] filed complaints against two housing providers in Victor and Canandaigua, New York, on behalf of a disabled military veteran who requires to live with her assistance animal, a service dog, to fully enjoy the benefits of fair housing.
A disabled military veteran is currently seeking to rent a dwelling in the Victor and Canandaigua, New York, area. She has a service dog which she needs to live with her. The service dog provides necessary assistance which addresses the symptoms of her disability- a severe mental anxiety disorder due to her military service.
In both circumstances, the disabled complainant was told that she could not live with her service dog because of the housing providers’ pet rules. One property enforced a strict “no pets” policy and applied that policy to the complainant’s service animal. The other property would not grant a reasonable accommodation in their pet rules which require a “pet deposit” and applied their pet deposit rule to the complainant’s service animals.
Both cases are primary examples the types of housing discrimination our disabled veterans encounter when they seek housing with their assistance animal, especially when the disabled veteran suffers from a disability that is “not readily apparent” to the housing provider, like PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] or TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury].
The investigations are ongoing.
Please reach Gratus Housing Advocates, Inc. if you believe you have been subjected to housing discrimination on the basis of your race, skin color, national origin, gender, religion, familial status, or disability: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gratus.org Gratus is a nonprofit fair housing organization providing fair housing related services at no cost to any victim of housing discrimination regardless of household income.