Kennedy Homes: an American Tragedy

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In the early morning hours of October 6, 2003, an electrical fire erupted in the D building at the Kennedy Homes Apartment Complex in Gainesville, Florida, causing the evacuation of its 142 families, 98% of whom were African-American. The fire was strikingly similar to a fire in the A building three years before. The owners, who received nearly a million dollars annually from HUD to operate the facility for low-income families, gave assurances that the complex would be properly repaired and that it would remain in existence until 2009. Two months later, it was closed forever.

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.

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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.

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iUniverse
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Published on
May 19, 2009
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Pages
264
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ISBN
9781440140419
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Language
English
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Genres
Law / General
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