BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is suing Region VIII and Sun Belt Management Company and Oakridge Park Apartments.
HUD says the suit comes after a disabled Biloxi woman was denied an available first-floor apartment.
HUD says Mary Waltman applied for rental assistance under the Section 8 housing program, where she documented her need for a first floor apartment but was given a second floor unit under the conditions that she would be transferred when a first floor unit became available.
HUD claims Waltman fell several times going up the stairs to her apartment.
HUD also says that when a first floor apartment became available, Oakridge Apartments leased it to a person who was not disabled. Employees of the apartment complex told Waltman she would have to wait a year to transfer.
The denial prompted Ms. Waltman to move out of the apartment and to file a complaint with HUD. Read the official press release from HUD below.