HUD: Dallas promotes housing discrimination

12/3/2013

DALLAS (AP) - Federal housing officials say Dallas officials promote discrimination against minority and disabled applicants for affordable-housing practices.

The Dallas Morning News reports an investigation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found affordable-housing practices in Dallas violate federal civil rights laws.

In a 29-page letter, HUD officials said the discrimination involved affordable housing in northern Dallas. City Council member Scott Griggs is vice chairman of the council housing committee. He tells the newspaper the findings confirm the long-standing image of Dallas as a city divided between North Dallas affluence and restricting low- and middle-income tenants elsewhere.

In a statement to the newspaper, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings called the findings "serious and deserve the city's immediate attention." The city must respond to the Nov. 22 letter within 30 days.


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