Department of Justice Files Housing Lawsuit in California

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the city of San Jacinto, California for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that the city discriminated against individuals with disabilities by restricting group homes from operating within the city. The suit also alleges that the city targeted homes for individuals with disabilities in a 2008 sweep by city and county officials and armed police officers and sheriff’s deputies who interrogated residents by asking intrusive questions related to their disabilities. DOJ has asked the court to prevent the city from enforcing its discriminatory zoning laws, prohibit the city from refusing to make reasonable accommodations, to award monetary damages to the victims, and to assess a civil penalty. DOJ issued a press release about the lawsuit.