PHA May Be Liable for Discrimination

Facts: An elderly disabled resident experienced a psychotic episode one morning. Acting on the basis of delusions, she turned on her faucets, boiled pots of water, and obstructed the entrance to her unit. A maintenance employee smelled gasoline and unsuccessfully attempted to enter her unit. Police officers and emergency medical personnel were contacted, and they forcibly entered the unit. They were accompanied by an administrative officer who worked for the PHA.

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