Feb 27, 201805:50 PMBlog
Area property firms among those ID'ed in discrimination sweep
A Yelm property management company was among eight across the state identified in a sweep to crack down on illegal housing discrimination against veterans with disabilities.
Yelm Creek Apartments LLC in Yelm was cited under the Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit Investigation for improperly rejecting Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. That company and eight others have entered into agreements with the Attorney General’s Office to end their discrimination and consider VASH vouchers as payment.
“Veterans are protected from discrimination by Washington law,” said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “No veteran should be denied a roof over their head based on how they plan to pay their rent.”
VASH is a joint program between the U.S. departments of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). The program offers housing vouchers combined with VA support services for veterans who have a disability, including a serious mental illness, a history of substance abuse disorder or a physical disability.
Additionally, the sweep revealed two other corporate housing providers, both based out of state but operating properties in Washington, that refused to accept VASH vouches from veterans. One — Colorado-based Mission Rock Residential LLC — operates apartment complexes in Tacoma and Puyallup.