Anchorage to change zoning restrictions said to discriminate against disabled

May 14, 2015
The Municipality of Anchorage has agreed to change zoning requirements that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development says discriminated against people with disabilities, including those suffering from alcoholism, as part of an agreement reached between the city and agency.
     The deal stems from a complaint brought by the federal agency last year, asserting that municipal code in some cases put unfair and excessive restrictions on housing for people with disabilities.
     If group homes are allowed in certain neighborhoods, there has to be a level playing field for all groups, whether it’s a home for families of domestic violence, for ex-cons, or recovering alcoholics, said Leland Jones, a spokesperson for the department based in Seattle.