Tuesday , 26 January 2021

Supreme Court to Review Fair Housing Interpretation

By Jann Swanson

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Wednesday that may drastically change the way in which the 1968 Fair Housing Act has been interpreted. In the case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the State of Texas is asking the Court to bar law suits charging discrimination on the basis of impact rather than requiring proof of intent. The suit has been wending its way through the courts since 2008 when Inclusive Communities, a fair housing organization based in Dallas sued the state agency. Inclusive Communities alleged that the state had disproportionally awarded the most important federal tax credits for low income housing in areas that already had a large populations of both poor and black residents. Its method of scoring applications…(read more)

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