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‎CAIR‬-Cincinnati Helps Muslim Family Obtain Denied Benefits

CAIR-logo(CINCINNATI, OH, 4/24/2014) — The Cincinnati office of CAIR-Ohio (CAIR-Cincinnati) recently helped a northern Kentucky Muslim family obtain a housing voucher benefit that they were qualified for but were denied based on alleged religious and national origin discrimination.

The family of five applied for a housing voucher in 2012. In May, 2013 the local housing authority denied the benefit and the family complained that the housing authority wrongly denied them benefits based on national origin or religious discrimination. The family came to CAIR for help. CAIR worked with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR) and the local housing authority to get the negative decision reversed. The family was recently notified that their voucher had been approved. As a result of the investigation the local housing authority will be monitored for three years by the KCHR.

“We are very pleased to be successful in helping this family receive the benefit that was denied to them,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington. “Because of this family's courage to fight for their rights, the local housing authority will be monitored to make sure other families do not experience discrimination based on their national origin or religion. Although it took nearly two years for the family to receive the benefit, in the end justice prevailed” he continued.

Muslim families are increasingly finding themselves the target of discrimination in many facets of life. CAIR-Cincinnati serves the greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and tri-state region. Anyone who thinks they have been the target of discrimination based on their religion, ethnicity or country of origin can contact CAIR to seek help in correcting a wrong that has been done to them.

CAIR-Cincinnati is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, kdabdoub@cair.com

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