Winchester, CT only distributes their housing assistance funds to those that are already residents of the 17 adjoining communities. But because these areas are 91% white, they are charged with deliberately trying to exclude ethnic minorities from living there.
The lawsuit is being filed by a single mother of six children and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.
If the plaintiffs win, it can set a dangerous precedent. If you have public dollars to dole out, you cannot exclusively offer it to your own residents but rather open it up to anybody from anywhere bceause you may be in violation.
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.
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.