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New Hampshire Town Sued for Discrimination Over HIV/AIDS

July 27, 2011

AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, represented by Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), is suing the town of Gilsum to block its efforts to seize the property of a group home for people living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C for nonpayment of taxes.

The Cleve Jones Wellness House currently accommodates five residents and has been at the heart of several GLAD battles with Gilsum. The city has consented to forego the scheduled deed transfer until the lawsuit is decided.

AIDS Services acknowledges not filing an application for exemption in 2007 due to an administrator's misunderstanding that the exemption was automatic. The exemption was filed one month late in 2008 and only three days late in 2009. City officials exercised their prerogative to decline accepting the late applications. The organization was taxed $11,559, which it had to borrow and has been incapable of repaying.

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