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Gonzalez v. St. Margaret's House Housing Development Fund Corp.

decided: June 13, 1988.

JOSEFINA GONZALEZ, CHEUN CHU WONG, MO LONG WONG, OSCAR WEISS, JOSE TORRES, POA KONG CHONG, EDNA SINGLETON, CRISPULA ZARAGOZA, MATILDE ALSIEUX, RANDALL SMITH, FRANCES FRIEDKISS, MANUELA CONCEPCION, SALVADOR CARRERAS, RITA MENA, NORA ROBERTSON, PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS,
v.
ST. MARGARET'S HOUSE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FUND CORPORATION, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, SAMUEL R. PIERCE, DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES



Appeal from an order and final judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Leval, J., holding that (1) mandatory meal charge imposed on tenants by low income congregate care facility did not violate "Brooke Amendment" to the Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C. § 1437a(a)(1); (2) Regulatory Agreement between United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and facility did not bar meal charge; and (3) tenants who did not pay meal charge were liable to facility for breach of contract. Affirmed.

Lumbard, Meskill and Winter, Circuit Judges.

Author: Per Curiam

Per Curiam:

Plaintiffs-appellants, elderly or disabled tenants of a low-income congregate care facility in Manhattan operated by defendant-appellee St. Margaret's House Housing Development Fund Corporation (St. Margaret's), appeal from an order and final judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Leval, J., dated November 30, 1987. Judge Leval had held that: (1) the mandatory meal charge imposed on tenants by St. Margaret's did not constitute "rent" within the meaning of the "Brooke Amendment" to the United States Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C. § 1437a(a)(1) (1982 & Supp. III 1985); (2) the Regulatory Agreement between the defendant-appellee United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and St. Margaret's did not bar the meal charge; and (3) the tenants who refused to pay the mandatory meal charge were liable to St. Margaret's for breach of contract.

We affirm substantially for the reasons stated by Judge Leval in his opinion, Gonzalez v. St. Margaret's House Housing Development Fund Corp., 668 F. Supp. 187 (S.D.N.Y. 1987).

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