Warren v Ypsilanti Housing Commission
Soon after Aaronica Warren contacted the police to report an incidence of domestic violence by her former boyfriend, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission sent her an eviction notice. Focusing on a HUD one-strike policy, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission contended that Ms. Warren should be evicted because, according to her lease, a tenant “will be responsible for the household regardless of whether or not he or she was personally engaged in the prohibited … criminal action on the premises.” Ms. Warren was referred to Cooperating Attorneys Debra McCulloch and William Thacker of Dykema Gossett through the ACLU of Michigan. The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court, alleged discrimination based on sex and asks that the Housing Commission be prohibited from evicting tenants because they are the victims of domestic violence. Ms. Warren’s case was featured in a Detroit Metrotimes (April 24-30, 2002) cover story.
Settlement: $3,000 and policy change