Lansing Man with Disabilities Settles New Accessibility Lawsuit

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Daniel Black, a man with dwarfism, has settled his lawsuit after a five-year struggle against Capitol Commons Apartments and First Housing Corporation in Lansing.

Mr. Black spent years asking his federally subsidized housing provider, Capitol Commons, to outfit his bathroom with a roll-in shower to accommodate his disability. He also requested that the building install an accessible electric entrance door so that he, other seniors, and people with disabilities could freely come and go without assistance from their accessible apartments.

With no progress on his requests, Mr. Black contacted the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHC). During the summer of 2022, FHC staff advocated extensively on his behalf. Still unable to gain reasonable accommodation, FHC Cooperating Attorney Robin Wagner of Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers ultimately filed a lawsuit on Mr. Black’s behalf on December 2, 2022, in U.S. Federal District Court in the Western District of Michigan. The case was assigned to the Honorable Robert J. Jonker; it settled for an undisclosed amount in September 2023, and both the accessible shower and electronic door were installed.

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