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Anna Louise Inn residents sue Western & Southern

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Sixteen residents of Cincinnati Union Bethel's Anna Louise Inn have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Western & Southern Financial Group.

The residents state that their rights under the Federal Fair Housing Act are being violated by the campaign of Western & Southern to force them to leave the Lytle Park neighborhood.

The lawsuit itemizes some of the tactics used by Western & Southern: "vilifying the female residents of the Anna Louise Inn, photographing residents without their permission, falsely accusing residents of the Anna Louise Inn of engaging in criminal activity and other ‘inappropriate behavior' in the neighborhood." 

The suit says that Western & Southern has "encouraged business entities and community organizations to oppose the Financing Subsidy of the Inn on the grounds that Anna Louise Inn is detrimental to the well being and development of downtown Cincinnati" and the company has "engaged in frivolous challenges to the approval by the Historic Review Board and has frivolously challenged the building permit for these renovations." 

"The Anna Louise Inn has been in its only location in Lytle Park for 102 years and its residents do not want to move," said Robert Newman, attorney for the plaintiffs. "They regard the Anna Louise Inn as their home.  This is about protecting their rights." 

Anna Louise Inn provides safe and affordable housing to single women.

"This is my home and I'll do whatever I can to save it," said Bev Chapman, a resident of the Inn and a plaintiff in the lawsuit. "I have friends here.  This place was a godsend for me." 

The residents are seeking both compensatory and punitive damages. 

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