Hinsdale to pay $800K to settle federal housing discrimination lawsuit over sober living facility

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Hinsdale to pay $800K to settle sober living facility lawsuit
The Village of Hinsdale will pay $800,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging housing discrimination involving a sober living facility.

HINSDALE, Ill. (WLS) -- The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that the Village of Hinsdale will pay $800,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging housing discrimination.

Please note: The above video is from our original I-Team report

The ABC7 I-Team first reported in 2019 that the village had tried to stop the operation of a sober living home in a residential neighborhood.

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At the time, the owner said the desperately needed facility would provide a safe and comfortable place to help up to 10 men in recovery transition into a life free of alcohol & drugs.

But the Village of Hinsdale took legal action and filed a complaint in DuPage County Court, saying the home is in violation of zoning regulations if more than three non-family members are residents.

In 2020, the Justice Department sued Hinsdale, claiming it violated the Fair Housing Act.

As a part of the settlement, which still needs to be approved by federal courts, the village will amend its zoning ordinance to comply with federal anti-discrimination laws.

The village also agreed to take other actions to guard against housing discrimination.