Disability Rights Litigation

The Law Reform Unit (LRU) is counsel in several cases designed to protect the rights of disabled New Yorkers. In the Lovely H. case, Legal Aid prevented the City welfare agency (HRA) from setting up “disabled-only” Job Centers and requiring disabled people to travel greater distances at greater inconvenience than others in order to receive public assistance benefits. We are now fighting to ensure that disabled public assistance recipients obtain reasonable accommodations they require at their local Job Centers. In the Blatch case, Legal Aid won a major victory establishing that mentally ill public housing residents may not be evicted from public housing without appointment of a guardian to protect their rights. Other issues in the Blatch case are still in litigation.