January 11, 2011
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to go after Marin County for civil rights violations is part of a new pattern of enforcement that targets wealthy, white enclaves in ethnically diverse regions, a representative of the agency said today.
“You will see more of that from us throughout the country this year,” Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John Trasviña said in an e-mail.
Observers believe Marin County received federal scrutiny in part because of similarities it shares with Westchester County, New York, which lies just north of New York City.
Trasviña said his agency will continue to pursue individuals who discriminate in housing, but will be stepping up reviews of geographic jurisdictions, which he said “have a longer-term and potentially much bigger and more widespread impact.”
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