HUD secretary says pattern of discrimination in St. Bernard Parish, LA is egregious

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says that while St. Bernard Parish settled two issues that limited African-Americans’ freedom to choose where they will live, the parish is still trying to block multi-unit housing and residents’ freedom to rent to anyone they want.

Speaking to graduates at predominantly black Southern University-New Orleans, Donovan on Saturday took the opportunity to address his department’s battle with St. Bernard over its efforts to limit available apartments in the New Orleans suburb.

Donovan said that although the parish has knocked down two discriminatory ordinances under pressure from HUD, the pattern of discrimination in St. Bernard is still egregious.

“Although they have agreed to allow multi-family housing to be built,” Donovan said, “they continue to find ways to stand in the way of that construction.”

Read remainder of the story at The Daily Journal

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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