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Incorporating Fair Housing Act Rights into State Assisted Living Facility Laws

By Holly Robinson

The federal Fair Housing Act protects the housing rights of seniors with disabilities; the Act covers such seniors who reside in assisted-living facilities. However, too often the Act is overlooked mainly because--assisted-living facilities being regulated by state law--advocates, assisted-living providers, and residents look only to state law for guidance. The Fair Housing Act can be a powerful tool and should be one of the first places to look to uphold the housing rights of senior clients with disabilities.

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