To Hell With The Handicapped!

It’s amazing to discover how few people know that Homeowners Associations routinely discriminate against the handicapped. Despite federal law against such discrimination, HOAs generally do what they dang well please. Once in a rare while HUD will file a lawsuit. Invariably that means a huge fine assessed against every member of the neighborhood. You can be a completely innocent homeowner and suddenly find tens of thousands of dollars assessed against your home because some idiot on the board did something stupid.  

This story is not about HOA discrimination, just the nastiness that routinely happens around families with disabled children.

Fountain is a small town on the outskirts of Colorado Springs. A family there has a 16 year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy. The City of Fountain gave them a permit to build a wheelchair ramp to their front door, but the neighbors are outraged. They say the wheelchair ramp could destroy their property values. The family says the next-door neighbors are threatening to sue.

If this actually was a Homeowners Association, the couple with the handicapped child would already be out on the street. It’s happened before.

It really has….happened before.


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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.

1 thought on “To Hell With The Handicapped!

  1. Nila Ridings

    I’m so glad these parents went to the media with this story, but I’m sorry the names of the neighbors were not published.

    I have good friends with a child with CP. Life is not easy and never has been since the child was born. There is no option but to have a wheelchair. Their entire house had to be remodeled and they have a ramp that goes out into their garage. Friends don’t call these folks to socialize. The cost of caregivers is expensive. They can’t take vacations and visit places that most all of us can see. They have a van with a ramp. They are wonderful people and so are their children.

    In one second, any one of us could have an accident or illness that would put us in the exact same position of what these families face. No human being is exempt from this possibility.

    I would gladly live around neighbors with ramps because I’d know one thing for sure…people who are caring for those who can’t care for themselves are the most compassionate and kind people I know. Those are the neighbors I want because I’ve had enough of these hate-filled selfish neighbors that are constantly worried about their property values. A person who has humanitarian values is far more important to me than a property with values!

    Plus, I don’t think the ramps have any effect whatsoever on the property values. If they do, I want to see the studies that prove it!


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