Los Angeles County supervisors approved a settlement over alleged racial discrimination in the county's low-income housing programs in the Antelope Valley.
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
July 14, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)
Los Angeles County supervisors voted to approve the final piece of a settlement over alleged racial discrimination in the county’s low-income housing programs in the Antelope Valley. The board also authorized monetary compensation.
The second piece of the settlement will address the residents who lost their Section 8 vouchers due to raids by housing officials and police.
Advocates settled a lawsuit in 2011 against discriminatory practices by the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. Antonio Hicks, an attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, which represented plaintiffs in that case, said he expects that the new county settlement would lead to reinstatement of housing benefits for affected local residents. “Our hope was that we were going to see a large-scale reissuance of vouchers to families who had been discriminated against,” he said. “I’m not terribly optimistic, based on discussions we’ve had with the DOJ, that that is going to happen.”Tags: Housing, Housing: Discrimination, Minorities: Other/All