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Patterson v. The Pines of Cloverlane

#W22-234 | Location: | Court Level: Federal | Settlement: Non-disclosed

Categories: Physical Disability, Rental
Tags: accessibility, disability, housing voucher, Section 8, Wheelchair

Deborah Patterson is a woman who uses a wheelchair. Ms. Patterson lived in the same accessible apartment in Pittsfield Township for well over 20 years. As the result of an FHC-aided lawsuit in 1999, a power door and ramp at the end of her hallway were installed, giving her wheelchair access to the outdoors. Fast forward to 2022 and a new management company “temporarily” moved her across the hall to a unit without wheelchair access while they supposedly renovated her unit. A year later she was still living in the inaccessible unit when a seemingly non-disabled person was moved into her original unit. On top of all this, the management company stopped taking her Section 8 voucher and dramatically raised her rent. At that point, she contacted the FHC and eventually opted for litigation. Cooperating Attorney Robin Wagner filed in U.S. Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan on January 17, 2023. The case was assigned to the Honorable Denise Page Hood.