Suit alleges Shockoe Valley View Apartments discriminates against the disabled

10/25/2014 6:15 AM by

On Wednesday, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) in Washington, D.C. filed a federal housing discrimination suit against Hunt Investments, LLC and other entities alleging discrimination against people with disabilities failure to design and construct Shockoe Valley View Apartments at at Cedar and Mosby Streets in accordance with the disability requirements under the federal Fair Housing Act.

The complaint alleges that Shockoe Valley View Apartments presents clear barriers for people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility impairments. According to the complaint, the kitchen design makes it challenging for someone in a wheelchair to cook on the stove or to open the refrigerator, the layout of the bathrooms makes it impossible for someone in a wheelchair to use the sink or close the door, pathways to some of the first-floor apartments have one or more steps and/or thresholds into their only entrances, and there are overly narrow and steep routes throughout the property.

The Richmond Free Press has a post on this, in which they quote Ronald Hunt, head of Genesis properties, calling the suit “absurd” and saying that the apartments comply with both the building code and the Fair Housing Act.

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