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Chloe’s World

March 6, 2015

 

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The Property Management Company where I live, has now said, “The expenses” I have incurred over the past year for my service animal are not included in their calculation of my rent.  Needless to say, I was speechless. I new I needed help fast. I contacted my dear friend Patti Doyle. She lives here also and is waging her own battle with terminal cancer and her civil rights.  I called Legal Aid Society.  I spoke to a fair housing expert and she is guiding me through the process. Here  are the Hud.gov guidelines.

MEDICAL ISSUES:

Question 1: What is considered an “assistance animal?” If someone brings a prescription for an animal to lower blood pressure, or for depression or emotional well-being, do we then consider this an assistance animal? Do we then allow for vet bills on those animals in an elderly/disabled household?
Answer 1: An assistance animal is one that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Page 4 of the Glossary in the handbook gives a full definition of an Assistance Animal. Part of which is “providing emotional support to persons with disabilities who have a disability related need for such support.” See paragraph 2-44 and 3-38 for additional information on determining if a resident meets the definition of a person with a disability that makes them eligible for an assistance animal as a reasonable accommodation and how to verify the need for an assistance animal.

The need for an assistance animal has to be directly related to a disability, and the services performed by the animal must alleviate one or more identified symptom of that person’s disability.

Veterinary bills as well as other expenses related to the upkeep of the assistance animal are allowed medical expense for a qualified assistance animal.

Question 2: Are companion animals’ expenses medical deductions just like assistance animals?
Answer 2: Yes, if the animal you refer to as a companion animal meets the definition of an assistance animal and the requirements of Paragraphs 2-44 and 3-38 in HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1 are followed.
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Chloe’s World

January 22, 2015

Chloe watching over me at doctors then she thought she would drive me home!

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Now It Is Stated Regarding Service Animals.

January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King day!

Many people living with hidden disabilities are being discriminated against daily.

“Hiddendisabilities” last post on wordpress.com was a reaction to the first “Dog Walking Area” I shared how all my rights are being denied under Fair Housing. The second message arrived on my door January 15, 2015.  ANIMALS This is not okay under any fair housing where disabled people live. The other concern is under HUD can pets be taken away from seniors?

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Discrimination and Denied My Civil Rights!

December 18, 2014

12/4/2014

Service dog

I am Chloe and I have an important job!

What would you do if you lost your civil rights?

AAAAA Management Company,

To Whom It May Concern:

CC:  Memo of December 2, 2014

Occupants received a notice on our doors Dec 2nd 2014. Included is a section concerning dogs and their acceptable walking areas?  It states we are NOT ALLOWED to walk our dogs or let them urinate or defecate in any areas accessible to the rest of the tenants. We will be written up if they do so. We must leave the building and curb our dogs on the street to obey the notice, even though there are appropriate areas on the grounds for them to relieve themselves.  Of course tenants should be given warnings if they do not pick up after their dogs.

My service dog and I are allowed equal access under Unrah Act, ADA, and Fair Housing. If I am not allowed access, it means that I am being discriminated against under all three rules that protect people with disabilities and the use of a service dog.

  • The closest exit is the lobby door. When I am unable to walk due to multiple disabilities and getting my service dog outside the lobby door is most accessible.
  • When in serious pain or illness, I am in PJ’s and because of this memo; I would be exposed to public view and thus be humiliated. I comply with going out the front of building when I feel healthy and safe.
  • I have lived in HUD housing for 8 years give or take. The letter states that past managers and management did not allow dogs around the property. TTTTT management and all managers have allowed me the enjoyment of the property with my service dog by my side whether for enjoyment or if I needed to get to closest exit for my service dog.
  • After signs, NO PETS had been put up I was still able to enjoy the back sitting area’s on the bench’s, because my service dog is not a pet. No pets are allowed in rec room and, yet I am allowed with my service dog. What is the difference between sitting in the back of building 1 and the rec room?
  • If I couldn’t walk for one day due to my disability, management accommodated me by letting my service dog out quickly in the courtyard so that my service dog could go potty.
  • This means all other tenants can go in back of building 1 and I cannot with my service dog.

I am grateful for where I live and do everything I can to follow rules.

The following:

                                          ADA AND UNRUH ACT

The Unruh Act was made up to protect our civil rights by limiting discrimination due to age, color, sex or being disabled. Access in areas of public places, education, employment, public transportation, housing and much more.  The ADA is defined as The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and gives federal civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion.  It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, housing and state and local government services and telecommunications.

FEDERAL LAW

The ADA prohibits discrimination against disable people.

No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of anyplace of public accommodation by any person who own… or operates a place of public accommodation.

(42 U.S.C. 12182 (a).)

aHUD No. 13-060A
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
April 30, 2013

HUD ISSUES NOTICE ON ASSISTANCE ANIMALS AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued a Notice reaffirming that housing providers must provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities who require assistance animals.  The “Notice on Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs” discusses how the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) intersect regarding the use of service or assistance animals by persons with disabilities.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating based on disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, and familial status. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and state and local government activities.  Both laws contain provisions which address the use of service or assistance animals by people with disabilities.  While the Fair Housing Act covers nearly all types of housing, some types of housing, such as public housing, are covered by both laws.

“The vital importance of assistance animals in reducing barriers, promoting independence, and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities should not be underestimated, particularly in the home,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  “Disability-related complaints, including those that involve assistance animals, are the most common discrimination complaint we receive. This notice will help housing providers better understand and meet their obligation to grant reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities that require assistance animals to fully use and enjoy their housing.”

HUD’s new notice explains housing providers’ obligations under the Fair Housing Act, including the requirement to provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities who require assistance animals.  Pet restrictions cannot be used to deny or limit housing to people with disabilities who require the use of an assistance animal because of their disability.  Housing providers must grant reasonable accommodations in such instances, in accordance with the law.    The guidance also describes the Department of Justice’s revised definition of “service animal” under the ADA, as well as housing providers’ obligations when multiple nondiscrimination laws apply.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires equal access for people with disabilities using trained service dogs in public accommodations and government facilities.  Under the Fair Housing Act, housing providers have a further obligation to accommodate people with disabilities who, because of their disability, require trained service dogs or other types of assistance animals to perform tasks, provide emotional support, or alleviate the effects of their disabilities.

HUD’s and the Department of Justice’s Joint Statement on Reasonable Accommodations provides additional information regarding housing providers’ obligations to provide reasonable accommodations.  The Department of Justice has also published a fact sheet on service animals and the ADA.

Click here to read HUD’s new notice.

Persons who believe they have been denied a reasonable accommodation request may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to www.hud.gov/fairhousing, or by downloading HUD’s free housing discrimination mobile application, which can be accessed through Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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I look forward to working this matter out.

Thank you,

Chloe’s world

October 3, 2014

Chloe saw Halloween candy, yummy! I had to say “No!” I did let her take a picture with all the candy. Chloe asked for a toy and I said “Yes!” We broke the rules and started playing in line while waiting to check out at the store.

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Chloe’s World

March 11, 2014

Chloe's World

Chloe meets bubble wrap and her valentines bear!

Chloe’s World

July 2, 2013

 

I can hardly believe it my back pain is beyond acceptable. The medications I use for fibromyalgia usually kick in and work well, but not the pain I am getting in the lower right side of my back. It isn’t sciatica because it isn’t traveling down the back of my leg. It flares from my left foot and it triggers at an isolated place in my lower right back. I also have a weird sensation that radiates down the front of my right thigh (surface.) and feels like my right leg is going to give out. The only medication that works on my is muscle relaxers it makes the pain tolerable. I don’t like that I have to take all this meds, but I also thank God for bringing us biochemist to help give those of us relief from pain or at least enough relief to live some parts of my life.   

Thank you God for the cane because I needed it today.  Tonight at a meeting a cute young lady said “Kim you look to cute on a cane and platforms.” I shared with her that I not giving up because I am in pain and trying look semi descent while living in excruciating pain.

 

 I thank God for having a laptop, so I can type out this message. I had a desk top before and there would be no way to sit and type at a desk.

 

Chloe plays a big part in our mission as my service dog, she is always wanting to be social and while we were on the way to our doc we made a stop for produce.  I was in horrible pain beyond acceptable. Chloe was so good she sat by my side. She wanted to greet curios people, but she resisted.  She is such a smart and good girl. At our meeting tonight Chloe loves to greet everyone we meet up with, actually she likes to be the center of attention and while on her leash she was in perfect performance.  


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