A response filed by the Town of Fayetteville states that city officials did not act in a discriminatory fashion toward Oxford House Inc., a residence for recovering alcoholics and drug users, and seeks to have the complaint dismissed.
The Delaware-based not-for-profit corporation and Justin Poling filed a lawsuit June 7 in U.S. District Court, claiming the Town of Fayetteville violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act when it “interfered” with Oxford House operations.
The lawsuit seeks to challenge the town’s attempt to obtain an injunction to prevent the Oxford House’s use of a Fayetteville property and also challenges the way the town enforces its zoning and municipal codes.
According to the suit Mayor James Akers, Bill Corley and approximately six to 12 neighbors approached Oxford House employee Bill Breckenridge and an Oxford House resident and told them to leave the property because they were breaking the law. The resident did not move in after this incident.
The suit states that a written request was sent to the Town of Fayetteville to waive the number of unrelated persons who can reside together as a family and for the town to treat the property as a single-family dwelling.
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