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As the requests rise for an emotional support animals (ESA), so do the voices of the critics.  The New York Times recently published two articles pertaining to college student’s requests for ESAs.  The first article talked about the issues involved in addressing a requests on a college campus, such as balancing the rights of individuals with disabilities with those of individuals fearful of or allergic to animals.  The second article talked about the readership’s response to the first article.  And what a response it is!  Apparently, many people don&rsqu

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

Establishing the Whie House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

September 28, 2015 at 3:43 PM ET by Director Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice

This is cross-posted on the Department of Justice's blog. See the original post here

This week Pennsylvania lost one of our strongest advocates for access to quality health care services for the poor, Yvette Long.  Lavalle Miller-Wilson, Executive Director at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project wrote a tribute to Yvette which is included below.
 

The location and design of homes vary in many ways.  However, what most people agree upon is that a home should be a safe haven – a place where someone feels comfortable, alone or living with family, secure that their most basic needs will be met.  Home is where you should be able to be yourself and enjoy family and friends, even if you may have a disability that limits you. 

Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Fair Housing Act, 42 USCS § 3601 et seq., allows claims based upon a theory of disparate impact upon protected classes. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 576 U.S. ___ (2015). This is a long awaited ruling, as over the past forty years, the Circuit Courts of Appeals had addressed the issue and found that fair housing cases were not limited to cases where the plaintiff could prove intentional discrimination (disparate treatment).

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