The town of Winchester, Connecticut, is being accused of discriminating against minorities to keep its black population at zero percent.
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center and plaintiff Crystal Carter are suing Winchester for “systematically and unlawfully” keeping out African-American families by denying access to federal housing vouchers known as Section 8, their lawsuit (.PDF) says. It also accuses the town of “ensuring that overwhelmingly-White communities remain overwhelmingly-White.”
The Huffington Post reports that the Winchester Housing Authority (WHA) requires applicants to its Section 8 housing choice voucher program to live in one of 17 Connecticut towns in order to be eligible to receive the vouchers. This discriminates against African-Americans, the lawsuit claims, because all those towns are more than 91 percent white.