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Group Homes in Gridlock

Group Homes in Gridlock

Litigation and Backlash over Group Home Location

Chapter:
(p.132) 5 Group Homes in Gridlock
Source:
Below the Radar
Author(s):
Alison L. Gash
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190201159.003.0005

Where same-sex parenting offers an example of the use of low-visibility advocacy to diminish the incidence of backlash, group home litigation demonstrates how low-visibility advocacy can offset the damage from backlash, even when its incidence is rampant. Despite the passage of the Fair Housing Amendments Act in 1988 and, soon after, the Americans with Disabilities Act, each of which provide housing protections for individuals with disabilities, those who wish to live in group or congregate, rather than institutional, housing still experience significant backlash in their attempts to find and obtain housing in single-family neighborhoods. This chapter provides an overview of the legislative and judicial advances on behalf of group home residents and the corresponding threat of local, but prolific, NIMBY (Not-in-my-backyard) opposition tactics.

Keywords:   group home, disability, fair housing, NIMBY, zoning, opposition, ADA, court

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