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Eastman Authority Agrees to Fix Alleged Housing Bias


The Eastman Housing Authority has agreed to take steps to prevent alleged racial discrimination in its housing projects.

That's according to a consent decree filed last month in the U.S. District Court in Dublin.

In that agreement, the Eastman Housing Authority denies practicing any racial bias and states that it follows federal anti-discrimination policies.

But federal prosecutors claimed that the authority violated the federal Fair Housing Act by:

  • Steering people to different housing complexes based on their race;
  • Selecting white applicants for spots in majority-white housing complexes over eligible blacks who were higher on the waiting list;
  • Selecting black applicants for spots in majority-black complexes over whites who were higher on the waiting list;
  • Providing "inferior treatment" for black tenants at housing authority properties.

In the consent decree, the Eastman Housing Authority agrees to several steps, including notifying employees, tenants and applicants of anti-discrimination policies; training employees and establishing new waiting lists.

They must present a plan for improvements at the Pondtown Apartments in Rhine.

And they must create a $320,000 fund to compensate people who feel they've been discriminated against.

Anyone who thinks they've been discriminated against by the Eastman Housing Authority can call the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-800-895-7743, mailbox 4.


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