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Santa Cruz allows disabled woman to be smoked out then publishes Fair Housing pamphlet
John E. Colby
Using HUD Community Development and Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the City of Santa Cruz published a guide to Fair Housing which is available, as per the link below, on the Santa Cruz city website. Yet a little more than a year ago, between May and June 2011, the City of Santa Cruz discriminated against my sister Patricia Colby at the Mission Gardens Apartments by denying her a reasonable accommodation for the effects of secondhand tobacco smoke used by recalcitrant smokers at the Mission Gardens Apartments to kill her based upon her disabilities. These were hate motivated crimes on the basis of disability. The Santa Cruz City Council not only ignored her accommodation request, but Santa Cruz Housing Programs Manager Carol Berg retaliated against my sister by removing her unit from the HUD HOME program which afforded her extra affordability protections in case Mission Gardens ever loses its Section 8 subsidy. Furthermore, the Santa Cruz City Council, City Manager, City Attorney and City Housing Programs Manager all stood by, doing nothing, while my sister and I were harassed, intimidated, threatened, coerced and retaliated against by Mission Gardens management — The John Stewart Company — for advocating for her disability rights.

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