Yorktown accused of racism via affordable housing policies
A Manhattan group that advocates for fair housing policies is suing the Town of Yorktown, accusing the town of manipulating affordable housing to prevent minorities from moving there.
Gene Capello, vice president of the Fair Housing Justice Center board in Manhattan, says that Yorktown is administering Section 8 housing vouchers to people who are mostly already residents in the town. "When you're talking about a town that's 90 percent white, it's obvious it will continue to be racially segregated," Capello said.
Yorktown Town Supervisor Susan Seigel says that they've been administering Section 8 housing for 30 years, and that the town's program has always been approved by HUD. "The preferences, as they are, are approved by HUD," Seigel said.
The Town of Yorktown now has a little less then a month to respond to the suit.