Dec 062012

The Houston Housing Authority has agreed to pay rental assistance and to change its policy in a settlement of a complaint by a deaf resident who said the agency refused to provide a sign language interpreter at her eligibility hearing.

The authority paid $4,251 in rental payments for the time when the woman’s assistance was denied, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agreement announced Wednesday also requires the housing authority to offer sign language interpreters for tenants who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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– Thanks to Houston Chronicle and TC