Fall 2011

Housing Quotas for People with Disabilities: Legislating Exclusion

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Housing Quotas for People with Disabilities: Legislating Exclusion

The transfer of people with disablities from state institutions to residential housing is one of the great migrations in recent history, but finding adequate housing is difficult. Laws that enact housing quotas make this task even harder. Quotas can require a minimum distance between group homes, limit the number of group homes that can be allowed in a community, or limit the number of apartments in multifamily projects. This article considers the legality of these quotas under the federal Fair Housing Act, and their constitutionality as an equal protection violation.

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