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Case Name Todd v. Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri PH-MO-0001
Docket / Court 4:84-cv-00852 ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Public Housing
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
Because this case predates PACER, we had access to a limited number of documents to write this case summary.

On August 3, 1984, applicants for public housing who had been or would be denied filed this class action in the Western District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued the Housing ... read more >
Because this case predates PACER, we had access to a limited number of documents to write this case summary.

On August 3, 1984, applicants for public housing who had been or would be denied filed this class action in the Western District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued the Housing Authority of Kansas City and its Executive Director under 42 U.S.C § 1983. Per Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke’s Missouri Law Review article, the plaintiffs alleged that the Housing Authority failed to provide proper due process hearings and notices to public housing applicants who were denied assistance. The plaintiffs were represented by Legal Aid of Western Missouri and they were granted class certification to represent all applicants for public housing operated by the Housing Authority of Kansas City. The case was adjudicated by District Judge Dean Whipple.

In October 1988, the two parties entered into a consent decree in which the Housing Authority promised to improve its administrative procedures for determining the ineligibility of applicants for public housing. Specifically, the consent decree outlined the rights ineligible applicants can use in a hearing to present any mitigating or extenuating circumstances that resulted in the ineligible determination. The consent decree also allowed applicants owing money to the Housing Authority to enter into a payment plan to pay off their debt in monthly installments that would not cause financial instability to the applicant. Finally, Legal Aid of Western Missouri retained the right to inspect the applications of ineligible applicants every two months. In addition to the consent decree, the plaintiffs were awarded attorney fees. The case is closed.

Justin Hill - 10/23/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Defendant-type
Housing Authority
Discrimination-area
Housing Sales/Rental
General
Housing
Housing assistance
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
Plaintiff Description Applicants determined to be ineligible for public housing by the Housing Authority of Kansas City.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Filing Year 1984
Case Closing Year 1988
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Urban Institute Baseline Assessment of Public Housing Desegregation Cases
Date: 2000
By: George Galster et al. (Urban Institute, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Faculty)
Citation: (2000)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
Civil 84-0852CV-W-JWO (W.D. Mo.)
PH-MO-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/29/1999
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Consent Decree (W.D. Mo.)
PH-MO-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/1988
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Judges Whipple, Dean (W.D. Mo.) show/hide docs
PH-MO-0001-0001 | PH-MO-0001-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Levin, Julie E. (Missouri) show/hide docs
PH-MO-0001-0001 | PH-MO-0001-9000
Lombardi, Gregg F. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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McHenry, Samuel I. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Daniels, James F.B. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Mirakian, Steven (Missouri) show/hide docs
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VanBebber, Allen C. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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