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Yonkers, NY

Yonkers, NY: (Apr-19-07) The Yonkers' chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed suit against the city, alleging that its housing policies separated poor black and Hispanic residents from their white, more affluent counterparts. At issue was the construction of 800 units of public housing in Eastern Yonkers, which is predominantly white and middle class. The homes were meant to lodge low-income minority families who had long been confined to the housing projects and subsidized apartments squeezed in the city's southwestern quadrant, which borders the Bronx, but city officials authorized white families who lived in Southwest Yonkers to move into some of these units, defying the intent of the order. In 1988, federal Judge Sand imposed a contempt-of-court fine that doubled every day of the violation. The City Council acquiesced and voted to approve the court-ordered desegregation plan as well as pay $819,000 in nonrefundable fines. [NEW YORK TIMES: HOUSING DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Apr-24-07


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