Female Veteran’s Fair Housing Case Against Housing Facility (2016)

The California Women’s Law Center, along with co-counsel, represented a female veteran who brought several claims against the owners and managers of a facility developed to provide housing for disabled homeless veterans. Based on the sexual assault and harassment that she alleged occurred at the facility, the plaintiff brought two Fair Housing Act claims for a hostile living environment as well as failure to reasonably accommodate her disability of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from military sexual trauma (MST).  In January 2016, the court issued an order holding that providing gender-proximate housing for women veterans suffering from PTSD resulting from MST is allowable as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act, absent additional evidence of stereotyping.   The case also led to CWLC's work with a California state senator to introduce a bill to ensure that new state funding for veteran housing includes housing for underserved female veterans.


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