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Akerman Secures Historic Fair Housing Settlement for Ability Housing, Law360 Reports
June 8, 2017
In partnership with Disability Rights Florida and the Justice Department, Akerman secured a historic settlement for Ability Housing against the City of Jacksonville, Fla., that will protect the rights of persons with disabilities to live in any neighborhood they choose. The outcome is precedent-setting across Florida and affirms the importance of federal civil rights laws to defend disabled persons from discrimination in local land use decisions. Real estate and land use lawyer Thomas Ingram led Akerman's cross-practice team of Jacksonville lawyers, and Allison Stocker handled the litigation. Coverage of the case appeared in Law360, Daily Business Review and Jacksonville Business Journal, among others.

Ingram was quoted, "This is a watershed moment for persons with disabilities in Jacksonville. Today's outcome allows Ability Housing to successfully carry on its mission — ensuring people with disabilities receive supportive housing and services where both they and their families want them to live. This entire process has been a community education on the rights and well-being of the disabled, and now the City has agreed to take important steps that will protect people for generations to come."

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