Kennedy Homes was built in 1968 as part of the War on poverty initiated by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. There are thousands of such complexes across the country. Many are badly deteriorated as a result of age and lack of proper care. What happened at Kennedy Homes is indicative of what is likely to happen at many more such facilities as they continue to deteriorate.
Attorneys from the Three Rivers Legal Services program filed suit against AIMCO, the largest owner and manager of subsidized properties in the United States, and others, claiming, among other things, that the fire resulted from grossly negligent management practices, that the closure had a disparate impact on African-Americans, and that the landlords breached their promise to provide safe, sanitary and decent housing for their tenants. This book chronicles the ensuing five year battle.
About the author
At the time of writing this book, Mr. Kelley was an attorney with the Three Rivers Legal Services program in Gainesville, Florida. He was one of the lead counsel handling the case filed by the former tenants of the Kennedy Homes Apartment Complex against AIMCO, the largest landlord in the country, and others, over the closure of Kennedy Homes. This book details and chronicles the five year lawsuit that ensued. Mr. Kelley has been an attorney for 35 years and now has his office in Cedar Key, Florida. He has also written seven novels, a how-to book on teaching tennis to children, and a legal text book.