The Handicapped and the HOA

One of the tragic stories we come across time and again is how the Homeowners Association Movement discriminates against the handicapped. Yes, we know it’s illegal. Yes, we know the handicapped are a critically needed resource in this country. Yes, it’s common sense not to discriminate against them. But the Homeowners Association Movement was created for a reason. It’s very structure was designed to weed out anyone who doesn’t fit the “official profile.”

As explored in my upcoming book, “Neighbors At War: The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association,” that “profile” is┬ádevious and absolutely┬ádesigned to weed out blacks, orientals, the handicapped, the single moms, gays, and anyone else who doesn’t match the cookie-cutter, bleached-beige stereotype of HOA life.

A member of the military, disabled by an I.E.D.? Begone!

A single mom trying to raise child? Foreclose on her house!

A black family in a white bread neighborhood? Outrageous!

While most HOAs seem to operate well and keep their neighborhoods at peace, we are all unfortunately defined by our extremes. And in recent years, a growing number of Homeowners Associations have been taking advantage of their ability to be extreme.

HOAs have learned how to profit by foreclosing on homeowners who make petty mistakes. An incredibly small violation of neighborhood covenants can lead to outright seizure of a home. Are all HOAs doing that? Of course not. Should all HOA members be concerned at how often it’s happening. Absolutely.

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats the least of its citizens.” -Mahatma Ghandi.

How true, how true!

Ward Lucas
Author of
Neighbors At War: The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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