Monday, October 24, 2011

HUD taking service dogs seriously: good.

Nice to see HUD is threatening penalties against a Philadelphia condo complex that enforced a "no pets" policy against service animals.

Service animals are a serious issue for people with disabilities, especially poor people who are stuck having to live in the kinds of subsidized buildings where managers view their tenants as inmates and hence reserve the right to micromanage their lives. I know two different women who -- one recently, one several years ago -- ended up sleeping outdoors because a building where they otherwise had a right to live was refusing to admit service animals who they needed for emotional support. Both eventually got themselves and their dogs inside, but in both cases it wasn't easy.

It is dangerous to sleep outdoors, especially for a woman, with or without a dog. That makes this an issue of physical safety.

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