WASHINGTON --The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development hasreached a settlement with the City of Barberton that resolves allegations that the city denied a permit that would allow the owners of a group home to increase its occupancy limit from four to eight residents.
The owners alleged that the city denied the permit because people with disabilities lived in the home.
Under the terms of the agreement, the city will grant the owners' request to expand the home from four residents to eight residents and will pay $4,250.
The case came to HUD's attention when the Fair Housing Advocates Association, a non-profit organization based in Akron, filed a complaint on behalf of the owners of Rehoboth Group Home.
FHAA's complaint alleged that Barberton's Planning Department initially stated that the home was "consistent with the Barberton Development Code" and recommended a Conditional Use Permit, but that the city's Planning Commission denied the permit due to neighborhood opposition.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits municipalities and other local government entities from making zoning or land-use decisions or implementing land-use policies that deny housing or otherwise discriminate in housing against individuals with disabilities.