Students in the Fair Housing Clinic testified at Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Economic Development
Howard University Law Students
from the Fair Housing Clinic testified
District of Columbia Committee on Economic Development
Fair Housing Clinic students Tamika Hawkins, Justin Morrison and Yewande Fajolu have been working tirelessly on behalf of their client, a disabled woman whose landlord refused to move her to a first-floor unit as a reasonable accommodation to her disability. As part of their investigation for the case, the students submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the D.C. Housing Authority, and after reviewing the file, the students identified some potential problems with the Housing Authority’s method for processing requests for reasonable accommodations.
Even after achieving a satisfactory result for their client, the students are pursuing the policy issue with the D.C. Housing Authority in an effort to ensure that DCHA complies with the Fair Housing Act’s requirements for all disabled tenants.
On February 19th, 2014, Ms. Hawkins, Mr. Morrison and Ms. Fajolu testified at a City Council oversight hearing. Advocates from the legal services community were so impressed with their testimony that the students were invited to a meeting with the director of the DC Housing Authority to discuss the Authority’s policies regarding Reasonable Accommodations. After the meeting, the Director of the Housing Authority, Adrianne Todman, posed for a few photos with the students.