Westchester County, NY – Renewing a Fair-Housing Fight

A New York City nonprofit housing group on Tuesday asked a district court in Manhattan to step in and enforce a 2009 consent decree that settled a lawsuit over Westchester County’s alleged failure to enforce federal fair-housing laws.

The Anti-Discrimination Center—which as part of the 2009 settlement received $7.5 million from the county and was subsequently dismissed from overseeing the settlement’s implementation—now wants to jump back in the fray.

It claims Westchester County is skirting its obligations to enforce fair-housing laws, pointing to missed deadlines and a failure to provide sufficient planning documents.

The center said the federal government and the court-appointed monitor aren’t adequately enforcing the county’s compliance with the settlement.

Westchester County disputes the center’s claims and said it’s actually ahead of schedule in the number of approved affordable homes.

A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development spokesman declined to comment on the center’s court action but said the agency is taking the case seriously. Currently, it is withholding $7.3 million in Westchester’s yearly federal housing funds until the county meets certain federal funding requirements.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal


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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