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.