Federal Hill Capital v. City of Providence - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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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 initial lawsuit, filed in RI Superior Court, was on behalf of the owner and tenants of a house in the Elmhurst section of Providence. The suit argued that the ordinance violates the plaintiffs’ rights to due process and equal protection of the law.  In February 2018, the RI Superior Court ruled against the rights of the college students.

Current Status:
In June 2019,  we filed an appeal before the RI Supreme Court.

ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
Jeffrey L. Levy, Charles D. Blackman

Related Documents
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  • Apr 13, 2018 - ACLU Appeals Court Ruling in Providence Student Housing Case
  • 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