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Eastchester gets rid of 'residency preference' system for Section 8 housing vouchers, must pay fine

Fair housing advocates accused the town of using a system for low-income and senior housing that discriminated against racial minorities, leading to housing complexes that were nearly all white.

News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2021, 12:22 AM

Updated 1,115 days ago

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Another Westchester town is updating its housing policies after settling a 2016 discrimination lawsuit accusing it of violating the federal Fair Housing Act.
Eastchester is getting rid of its 'residency preference' system for Section 8 housing vouchers and must pay more than $600,000 in fees.
Fair housing advocates accused the town of using a system for low-income and senior housing that discriminated against racial minorities, leading to housing complexes that were nearly all white.
People who lived in the town, had relatives there or used to live there were moved up on the list for a housing voucher.
The result was that three-quarters of the town's voucher holders were white, while three-quarters of the waitlist were people of color.
The accuser's attorney says this is a win for people who have waited years for access to fair housing.
News 12 reached out to the town supervisor and attorney, as well as the private lawyer defending the town on this matter for a comment but hasn't heard back at this time.


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