Buffeted by federal accusations of racial discrimination and pressure to allow mixed-income apartments in Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro urged the parish council to join him in an all-out stand against the “federal agenda” imposed on the citizens and reject “an inappropriate insertion into our community.”
In response to Taffaro’s statements, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development may make good on its threat to revoke all the parish’s federal funding and transfer the matter on to the Department of Justice. HUD officials are expected to hunker down Thursday and determine how to move forward, according to Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center officials who participated in telephone negotiations that allegedly broke down on Wednesday.
HUD, a federal judge and the New Orleans fair housing center have accused the parish of purposely discriminating against African-Americans by blocking Provident Realty Advisors’ development of a 288-unit, mixed-income housing development, and enacting zoning laws that drastically restrict multifamily housing zoning and the application process for the rental, lease and loan of single-family homes.
From The Times Picayune