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Westchester County Found in Violation of Consent Decree


The 2nd U.S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Westchester County Executive was “in violation of the duty to promote source of income legislation under a consent decree.”  The court ruled that the County Executive is obligated to promote legislation to bar discrimination based on lawful source-of-income and that Westchester’s previous arguments against this duty were “completely and utterly without merit.”

Instead of approving legislation that would prohibit landlords from rejecting tenants who pay their rent with the assistance of government subsidy, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the bill in 2010.

If Westchester County does not comply with the government ruling, they are at risk of losing $7.4 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development grants.

The court’s ruling stems from a long-running case in which the Department of Housing and Urban Development sued Westchester County for housing discrimination. In 2009 Westchester County negotiated an agreement with the federal government to build or acquire 750 units of affordable housing in white areas and market them to non-whites in addition to promoting legislation to prohibit landlords from rejecting tenants who use government subsidies to help pay their rent. 

Read the decision here

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Read about the ruling on the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Website


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