“For over a year now, we’ve just wanted to help children with disabilities. We’ve invested everything we have in doing this, but the Parish and the State just refuse to let these kids live here,” said Dionna Richardson. “The Parish told us our ’reasonable accommodation’ was to go somewhere else.”
Two group homes filed suit in federal court in New Orleans against St. Bernard Parish and the State of Louisiana for discriminating against them and their prospective residents due to the residents’ disabilities. The suit claims the Parish’s discriminatory zoning rules exclude children with disabilities.