Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Group Home Provider Sues Holladay Over Ban

See this article by that title in the Salt Lake Tribune. The first few grafs:

A group home provider has opted to fight - and sue - Holladay over a facility for juvenile sex offenders that the city refused to allow.
The Bountiful-based company Futures Through Choices filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court alleging the city violated anti-discrimination statutes and due process rights of disabled youths.
The proposed five-bed group home, at 2180 E. Sunnybrook Way (4020 South), is for
youths between 16 and 21 years old in the custody of the state's Division of Juvenile Justice for sex offenses and who are disabled with low IQs.
The company argued in the lawsuit that the city based its decision on hysteria.
"[Futures Through Choices] provided voluminous data demonstrating that the group home residents posed no significant risk or direct threat to the public health or safety of the Holladay community,
but instead the city relied on stereotypes, fear and hatred of such proposed group home residents by the Holladay community," the lawsuit states.


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