Blind man sues New Castle mission over housing

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 7:26 p.m.

A blind Lawrence County man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the City Rescue Mission of New Castle refused to take him in when he was homeless because he has a service dog.

Kenneth Defiore, 53, of Mahoning says in the lawsuit that an apartment fire left him homeless on Dec. 5. The mission's shelter services staff told him and a caseworker that it couldn't provide him shelter because of the dog despite federal housing laws that prohibit landlords from refusing to accommodate service animals, the lawsuit says.

Kevin Green, the mission's executive director, couldn't be reached for comment.

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