Affordable Housing, Community Development

Westchester County, NY Still Fails to Comply with Court Order


On July 20, The U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a motion seeking to compel Westchester County, New York to comply with an August 10, 2009 court settlement to “a) compel the County’s compliance with the Monitor’s outstanding information requests and b)compel the county’s compliance with all future requests and with a procedure that will both ensure timely and complete compliance with the Monitor’s requests for information and resolve disputes about requests in a prompt and definitive manner”.

Since the order was issued in 2009, Westchester County has neither submitted an adequate zoning analysis to identify strategies to overcome exclusionary zoning practices in a reasonable amount of time as requested by the Monitor, nor has it created a fund for to create support for fair housing through public education.

This dispute began in 2006 when the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York (ADC) sued Westchester County under the False Claims Act arguing that the county’s certification to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it was affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) was false. In February 2009, the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in ADC’s favor, finding that Westchester had “utterly failed” to meet its annual AFFH certification. In April 2009, HUD rejected the county’s AFFH certification, disapproved the county’s 2009 Consolidated Plan, and has withheld CDBG and HOME funds from Westchester since FY10.

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The Court appointed Monitor’s July 20, 2012 Report.


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