05 Civ 5286 (SDNY)

Background: This class action was filed in 2002 on behalf of mobility-impaired applicants to and participants in the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) Section 8 Program, challenging NYCHA’s failure to provide reasonable accommodations. In 2005, the case was consolidated with a similar case from the 1980s, Heyer v. NYCHA, in which a class had been certified and a settlement reached but never enforced. The two consolidated cases were settled in 2006.

Current Status:  The court’s jurisdiction was repeatedly extended during the period from 2009 to 2011 due to NYCHA’s failure to provide required monitoring.  In January 2012, in response to plaintiffs’ concerns about NYCHA’s continuing violations of the settlement agreement, the parties negotiated the terms of a revised stipulation which imposes additional obligations on NYCHA.  SLU is currently monitoring NYCHA’s compliance with this revised settlement agreement.

NYLAG Attorneys: Jane Greengold Stevens, Julia Russell

Counsel in Heyer: Legal Aid Society of New York