housing rights for disabled people

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Damiana Cruz started this petition to changes to the way renters and families with disabiltis are treated

As a renter with children with disabilities we should be treated fairly and we need to be allowed to inform other renters around us about the disabilities our children have and the daily problems we face when they have meltdowns, runs away or just freaks out over nothing. we should not be told to keep it down and you cant yell for your child or told to be a parent. there are lots of parents who face the same problems as I am today and here is some of my story and why I feel the need to make a change.

I just moved into my apartment on 11/30/2019 and I have 2 Special Needs boys ages 13 and 11 and both of them are Autistic, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, Bipolar, anxiety, panic attacks, mood disorder and Depression but my youngest son also has OCD and id IDD(Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities), and is an elopement risk . Sense we moved here I have gone around telling people about my kids and what to expect out of my youngest son and so far he as taken off 6 times in 2 months and each time I have called the cops and went around yelling for my child in hopes of finding him and in doing so I have been reported to the leasing office and given a warning for Excessive Noise just for calling out my sons name along with the cops calling his name. 

I have informed the leasing office and staff of my boys and there needs and was told it will not be a problem from day one but once I signed the lease and  moved in the whole story changed and I'm now facing eviction soon cause of my Childs meltdowns and elopements that is out of my control. I'm working with so many agencies and doctors and all of them have written letters in regards to my kids needs and that's not enough I'm told cause they refused to take any of them to put in my file here. Everyday I talk to new people who live here and inform them of my kids and what has been done and each one has said its wrong of them to be doing this to us.

My youngest son is the reason I'm speaking out and asking for a change. I want a change in the way leasing offices handle issues like this and help the next family from being told to stop it or forced to move out due to there Childs disabilities.

 

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