Monday, March 12, 2018

Residents Denied Bible Study in Condo Lounge; Attorneys File Complaint with US Dept. of HUD

A Florida woman filed a federal complaint after her homeowners association barred her from continuing to host a Bible study in the common room of her own condominium complex, the Christian Post website reports today (March 12, 2018).

Last week, attorneys representing residents at the Cambridge House Condominiums in Port Charlotte, Florida, sent a Fair Housing Act complaint letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The complaint explains that Donna Dunbar, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister who runs a nationally recognized soup kitchen with her husband, held a Bible study of less than 10 women in the social room of the Cambridge House complex for two hours on Monday mornings for nearly a year.

The Cambridge House board of directors passed a resolution on February 6, 2018 that states: "Prayers and other religious services, observations, or meetings of any nature shall not occur... in or upon any of the common elements." Dunbar was also sent a letter that explained that the new resolution "prohibits Bible study meetings in the Social Room."

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