ECBAWM Files Suit Against Suburban Town Alleging Race and National Origin Discrimination in Housing Programs

  • December 16, 2010

ECBAWM attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the predominantly white Town of Yorktown in Westchester County operates its Section 8 housing voucher and other affordable housing programs in a manner that discriminates against African Americans and Latinos. The Complaint alleges that the town applies a local residency preference to give federally funded vouchers primarily to white Town residents at the expense of non-white County residents. The Complaint also alleges that the Town discourages non-whites from applying to its housing programs and periodically closes its waiting list to non-residents while permitting residents to continue to apply. Zoe Salzman and Diane L. Houk of ECBAWM represent the plaintiff in the case.