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Idaho Homeless Group Wins $1M In Discrimination Lawsuit Ignoring Women And Children

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File photo of a homeless shelter. (credit: NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a homeless shelter. (credit: NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury has ordered the city of Boise to pay $1 million to an organization that advocates for homeless people for discriminating against women and children and retaliating against the organization when board members complained.

The verdict was handed down Wednesday evening in U.S. District Court in the lawsuit brought by Community House Inc.

The organization and Boise city once had a partnership to run a homeless shelter and soup kitchen, but Community House filed a Fair Housing Act complaint and then sued when it learned the city intended to turn the shelter over to another organization that would make it for men only, leaving homeless women and children with nowhere to go.

The city denied the lawsuit claims, but after an 11-day trial, jurors sided with Community House.

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