Feds Investigate County For Violating Group Home Residents'
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 6, 2005
CUMMING, GEORGIA--Last December, the Forsyth County Commission voted not to grant a permit to a residential program so they could operate a group home for people with disabilities in the Preston Oaks subdivision. The commissioners said ResCare, the group home operators, failed to follow local zoning and permitting rules when they had the home built in 1997.
The decision essentially meant that the group home would have to close and its four or five residents moved elsewhere by this month.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is now investigating the county to determine whether it violated the rights of the residents under the federal Fair Housing Act.
ResCare had filed a complaint with HUD, claiming the zoning laws discriminate against a federally-protected class of people.
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