Federal Hill Capital v. City of Providence (2016)
Category: Active Case Discrimination Due Process Students' Rights
About This Case:
This is a lawsuit against the City of Providence challenging a city ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city. The lawsuit, filed in Rhode Island Superior Court, is on behalf of the owner and tenants of a house in the Elmhurst section of Providence. The suit argues that the ordinance violates the plaintiffs’ rights to due process and equal protection of the law.
In February 2018, the Court ruled against the rights of the college students. The ACLU of RI is considering appealing the ruling to the RI Supreme Court.
ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
Jeffrey L. Levy, Charles D. Blackman
- The Lawsuit
- Related: Letter to Narragansett Town Council Opposing Proposed Limits on Student Tenants
- ACLU Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment (March 2017)
- City of Providence Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment (January 2017)
- The Ruling (February 2018)
Related News Releases
- Feb 12, 2018 - Court, While Questioning Providence Ordinance’s Effectiveness, Rules Against Rights of Students
- Feb 23, 2016 - ACLU Challenges Providence Housing Ordinance Restricting Students’ Rights
- Sep 14, 2015 - ACLU urges Providence City Council to reject ordinance limiting students in residential neighborhood