The Fair Housing Center announces partnership with Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority

(1 in 5 Americans live with a disability, that means a good amount of the 19,000 individuals who work with the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority might need special accommodations. )

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (WTOL) –

Two housing groups in the Toledo area are partnering up to make it easier to help residents with disabilities.

While 1 in 5 Americans live with a disability, that means a good amount of the 19,000 individuals who work with the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority might need special accommodations.

That is why the LMHA has partnered with the Fair Housing Center.

The purpose of the three-year collaboration is to make the process of requesting an accommodation or modification to a rented property more efficient.

Legally, if you rent and are disabled, you are allowed to ask for a reasonable accommodation like allowing an assistance animal in a no-pet apartment or asking to have an accessibility ramp installed.

"We want people to be aware of that. We don’t want anyone to lose their housing or feel like they can’t maintain their housing because of a disability. It’s under Federal law that that shouldn’t happen, especially at our local housing authority," said George Thomas, senior attorney at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality

The partnership will allow the Fair Housing Center to hold regular training for LMHA staff and hold regular meetings to review fair housing policy.

The hope is if someone with a disability files for an accommodation or files a complaint, the three entities involved can find a solution to the problem faster.

"If there is an issue, if there’s a complaint; rather than going through the formal process that we normally would, we can pick up the phone and call each other. And hopefully we can get a quick resolution. Which is ultimately, at the end of the day, better for the tenant because then they get what they need." said Sarah Jenkins, director of communications &outreach at The Fair Housing Center.

If you have a reasonable accommodation or modification request problem, you are asked to call the Legal Aid of Western Ohio office at (419) 724-0460.

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