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Lexington Homeless Complaint Referred To Justice Department

An investigation into the revocation of a permit for a homeless shelter in Lexington has been turned over to the U.S. Justice Department.

According to a March 10 letter provided to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent the case to the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division for review.

The nonprofit Lexington Fair Housing Council filed the complaint in 2012 with HUD after the city revoked a permit for the Community Inn on Winchester Road. The agency alleged the city's action violated federal fair-housing laws, which prohibits discrimination.

City officials have said the permit was properly revoked because the Community Inn applied for a condition use permit to operate as a church, not a homeless shelter.

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