Buffalo, NY area — Even now, 40 years after passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, Erie County’s suburbs are rife with discrimination and segregation, according to a new report by the University at Buffalo.
And one of the biggest reasons, the UB report concludes, is a lack of leadership and commitment, and outright resistance by suburban leaders.
“There are a number of stereotypes about the poor, minorities and the disabled,” said Kelly L. Patterson, one of the UB researchers involved in the report. “When affordable housing is proposed for an area, the knee-jerk reaction in many suburban communities is to oppose it.”
Suburban officials seemed genuinely taken aback by the extent of Patterson’s criticism and suggested that a lot of cities, towns and villages are taking concrete steps toward creating more affordable housing.
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