Housing & Community Services News & Updates

New Fair Housing Act Rule to Reduce Neighborhood Segregation

On July 8th the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new rules for reducing neighborhood segregation under the Fair Housing Act. Read more

Supreme Court Backs “Disparate Impact” Claims and Strengthens Fair Housing Act

On June 25 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the issue of whether or not claims of “disparate impact” could be made under the Fair Housing Act. Read more

Legal Challenge Brought Against Changes to Human Services Funding in PA

On October 1, 2012, the Disabilities Rights Network of Pennsylvania, Community Legal Services, and private co-counsel filed a legal challenge in Commonwealth Court against Act 80. Enacted by the General Assembly in June 2012, Act 80 eliminated General Assistance cash benefits – funds that tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians rely on to meet their everyday expenses. Read more

Florida Found to be Violating Rights of Children with Disabilities

On September 4, 2012, after an extensive investigation performed by its Civil Rights’ Division, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found that the State of Florida has been violating the rights of children with disabilities by unnecessarily confining them to nursing facilities where they are segregated from their families and communities. Read more

PA Budget Cuts Needed Services For People With Disabilities

Advocates for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens are fighting back against a proposed budget that slashes social services that many people with intellectual disabilities, mental health problems, drug addictions, and other problems rely on just to get by.

Rather than funding separate services directly, the budget combines the state’s social service funding into a single block grant, ostensibly to provide greater flexibility to the local governments administering services — but then reduces the total amount by 20%.  Read more