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NHLA educates local officials about the Fair Housing rights of people in recovery

Posted Dec 20, 2017

As New Hampshire continues to suffer from the opioid addiction crisis, people in recovery will need supportive, safe places to begin rebuilding their lives. People in recovery are considered disabled and are entitled to protection against discrimination. We're standing up for their rights under the Fair Housing Act. 

NHLA Fair Housing Project Co-Director Victoria Horrock testified about a proposed sober living project in Keene earlier this month. Here's part of her testimony:

"Local governments are required to make reasonable accommodations to zoning ordinances when such accommodation may be necessary to afford a person with a disability equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. This requirement exists even in the face of community opposition when that opposition is based on stereotypical fears about individuals with disabilities. Denying such a request constitutes unlawful discrimination unless the request places an undue financial or administrative burden on the city, or requires a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program in question. The requirement to accommodate individuals with disabilities is not alleviated by the fact that a particular group home could be located elsewhere."

Click here to learn more about NHLA's Fair Housing Project.