Skip to comments.Connecticut town sued for allegedly trying to ‘keep out’ black residents [which it never did]
Posted on 08/10/2012 11:15:41 AM PDT by grundle
A small Connecticut town is being sued for allegedly discriminating against minorities in an effort to keep its black population "so low that it does not register above zero percent," according to a federal complaint.
The town of Winchester "systematically and unlawfully" works to keep out African-American families by denying access to federal housing vouchers known as Section 8, according to a lawsuit brought by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and plaintiff Crystal Carter.
"We are challenging a pattern of denying minorities fair access to housing," said Greg Kirschner, staff attorney for the Connecticut Fair Housing Center .
Carter, a single mom of six children, joined the lawsuit after she was allegedly told by the Winchester Housing Authority (WHA) that she was ineligible to apply for Section 8 housing in the town because she was not already a resident.
The WHA also told Carter "that Winchester was not on a 'bus line,' there were no real jobs there, and it was in the 'woods,'" Courthouse News Service reported.
According to census data, 94.4 percent of Winchester's 11,000 residents are white and 4.5 percent are Hispanic. The number of African-American residents is statistically zero, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit claims the WHA is keeping minorities out by enforcing a "residency requirement" for those wishing to apply for Section 8 vouchers in its 17 communities.
Kirschner says the practice violates Section 8 guidelines.
"These requirements are unlawful because in communities with populations that are disproportionately white and or/non-Hispanic they perpetuate segregation by excluding minority applicants who live outside those communities from obtaining housing here," the lawsuit states.
Officials at the WHA could not be reached for comment. The agency's website said its mission is to "provide, without any type of discrimination; decent, safe, affordable housing and a sustainable living environment."
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center filed the lawsuit last week and is seeking both a policy change and punitive damages.
It's not fair that Eric Holder's people commit so many crimes and non-Eric Holder's people don't.
Then you a rasist.
According to the US Census Bureau, my county in Georgia is 96% white, 1% black, and 3% other (Mexicans, illegal or otherwise - mostly illegal). We still have Lyndon Johnson's community public housing homes in about 4 places in the county. We also have a few thousand rental trailers. Blacks are welcomed in any of them.
They will find, however, that the generational white trash (from LBJs years) have infested all the good spots - public housing, GONE or saved for daughter or grand daughters, etc......trailers?
Good ole boys and their pregnant and young mother live-ins on EBT, EITC, TANF, WICs, Section 8, Obama phone, utilities assistance, etc. They're a real catch around here - come with all the fixin's and you don't have to marry them cuz they might lose some benefits.. all you gotta do is take them to Walmart and wait outside in your new pickup truck. They mostly drive around with their "Proud North Georgia Democrat" stickers on their vehicles.
As someone who got to experience the joys of Section 8 diversity as a young husband and father, all I can muster is welcome to the party, jerks!
I like your perspective on this issue! Welcome to the party indeed!!
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center? Let me guess it's not about housing or fairness, but spreading the ghetto to as far as possible outside the city.
Ge Gaffer. if I were that unhappy with my neighbors, I would find another place to live.
By the way Section 8 Housing is todays version of the 50’s era blockbusting.
I can guarantee when it comes it comes with break-ins, drugs and more section 8 as neighbors do just as I advised Gaffer. They move out and turn the community over to the Blockbusters.
Here is a fun challenge. If you are black and drive a beater, and live in the Seattle area, pile a bunch of buddies into your car and drive to the Clyde hill area.
Once you get off the freeway, set your stop watch and then just drive around. See how long it takes before you get pulled over. ;)
BTW, I’m white and I was pulled over in my daughter’s beater about 12 years ago. The offense: my month tab was where my year tab was supposed to be and vice versa. No ticket of course, once the cop saw who I was. :-)
(Yes I’m shouting)
How can any location provide decent, safe, affordable housing in an area that cannot discriminate against people whose track record is not decent, nor able to afford anything without taxpayer assistance? How can a single mother of six keep her town safe from her children when they become teenagers?
They are still outnumbered here by at least 2 to 1 according to election results (I worked the polls) life is good here if you don’t have to run up against these leeches everyday, and that is mostly at Walmart or Kroger...I’m not moving. It is far worse where I came from farther south.
Section 8 was implemented to remove the stigma of public housing. Mix the lowlifes in with the real taxpayers. You can spot them by the 30 year old houses that they live in that have reached a mortgage payoff and having been turned over to speculative investors collecting that Section 8 rent from the government. You can also tell by the cars they drive - hoopty’s with bald tires, Aaron’s Rents trucks showing up, etc.
As far as break-ins, they know better than that. They’ll get killed real quick up here if they try it.
According to the lawsuit, they are not preventing anyone from getting Section 8 vouchers; what they are doing is preventing anyone who does not currently live in the town from getting Section 8 vouchers to move into the town. Which, apparently, is illegal.
I have friends that live in complexes that both take and don’t take Section 8.
In the non-Section 8 complex, everything is well maintained and clean, people are friendly, any porches or balconies have decent furniture and maybe a few potted plants on them, etc. The complex that takes Section 8 is the complete opposite. Trampled flower beds, trash not put in the conveniently located trash cans, roving bands of thugs, doors left open in the winter, etc. All that within a few months of taking section 8. The actual rent-payers are looking to move ASAP.
With all appropriate apologizes and patience to and from my Savior I just gotta say . . . Jesus.
When you only have to pay about 25% of your ‘spendable’ income (the rest of the high rent is paid by us), why do you care where you live and what it looks like? You have 75% left to spend on lotto, cigarettes and drugs (remember, you still have food stamps, WICs, EITC, and your Obamaphone)
So, you pay 25 to $100 for your crib and the rest you keeps.....trash it, you can get another. You didn’t pay anything for it.
It’s really a plan to increase its African population and decrease its white population.
The time is coming to take out the trash.
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