The Urban League of Greater Miami helped to desegregate public housing in Dade County, supported Miami's Fair Housing Ordinance, and over the past seven decades has spearheaded a number of housing projects in the county. Now, shockingly, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has charged the group with discrimination of its own.
HUD claims the league failed to provide a 71-year-old double amputee Vietnam War veteran accessible housing and threatened to evict him after he reached out to a city commissioner. HUD has charged Urban League Housing Corporation of Greater Miami Inc., its president, and a management company.
HUD claims the Urban League violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to provide accessible housing to the wheelchair-bound veteran at the group's Covenant Palms housing project at
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8400 NW 25th Ave. in Liberty City. The veteran's social worker asked the group to provide a unit with "accessible features, including wider doorways, or to transfer him to an accessible unit," but was refused.