ACLU of Georgia

ACLU Files Complaint Against Cumming Home Ministries for Refusing Shelter to Deaf Man

The ACLU of Georgia and ACLU Disability Rights Project have filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development charging that Cumming Home Ministries, a Christian transitional housing shelter, violated the federal Fair Housing Act when it denied housing to Jeremy Jay Woody, 47, simply because he is deaf. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of disability. Cumming Home Ministries’ homepage states that it has been “Serving Men Needing Transitional Housing since 2010.”

On September 14, the ACLU submitted a letter to Cumming Home Ministries urging it to reconsider their position on refusing shelter to Woody, who was recently released from prison, paid his debt to society, and is eager to turn his life around. In the letter, the ACLU offered Cumming Home Ministries resources to provide them tools for working with deaf clients. Cumming Home Ministries refused.  

On September 22, the ACLU filed an administrative complaint asking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to intervene on behalf of Woody.

Cumming Home Ministries, a Christian transitional housing shelter, denied housing to Jeremy Jay Woody, because he is deaf. We're fighting back.