A homeowners association that refused to allow a family to park an ambulance in its driveway has agreed to pay the family $65,000 in a settlement.
Officials say the family had purchased the ambulance because their disabled son needed to be taken to medical appointments while lying down, according to KSNV. However, authorities say the Harbor Cove Homeowners Association banned the family from parking the vehicle in the driveway, saying community rules prohibited commercial vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the settlement in the disability discrimination complaint on Wednesday. The Wichita Eagle notes that the complaint was filed nearly a year ago and the HOA admits no wrongdoing in the settlement.
“Homeowners associations must grant reasonable accommodations that enable residents to meet the needs of family members with disabilities,” Bryan Greene, HUD’s acting assistant secretary for fair housing, said in a statement. “Homeowners associations have the same responsibility as housing providers to follow fair housing laws.”
The homeowners association and management company have agreed to pay the family and revise their policy. They also are required to send HOA staff members to fair housing training and prominently feature the statement, “We are a fair housing provider” on letterhead.