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Part II: WP :HUD Says Campaign Targets Hispanics (Manassas)


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/03/AR2006060300072.html

At least 342 complaints have been made to the hotline so far.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which began its investigation in January, examined calls to the hotline between July 1, 2004, and Feb. 3, 2006. Investigators found that more than half of those hotline complaints -- 182 -- turned up no violations. Of that number, about 62 percent involved homeowners with what investigators called Hispanic surnames, 4 percent with Middle Eastern surnames and 3 percent with Asian surnames, according to the complaint.

A total of 145 complaints were said to turn up violations, though not necessarily involving crowding, that were corrected without incident. Of those 145, about 71 percent involved homeowners with Hispanic surnames, 7 percent with Asian surnames and about 3 percent with Middle Eastern surnames.

Federal officials noted that the city said it "voided" 15 complaints to the hotline. About 10 of those complaints were against people with "Anglo surnames," HUD said.

"The numbers tell the story," HUD spokesman Jereon Brown said.

Although Hispanics make up about 14 percent of Manassas's population, more than 60 percent of hotline complaints were against them.

So, 60% of the calls are against Hispanics despite the fact they are only 14% of the population.

53% of the calls found no violations, despite the practices referred to in the last thread of middle of the night raids.

The group notes that residents were rarely found to be violating widely accepted occupancy limits designed to protect health and safety. Rather, they were sometimes violating more restrictive city ordinances that allow, for instance, only one unrelated person to live with a family or that define family as no more than three unrelated people living together.

In January, the city repealed an even more restrictive and highly controversial ordinance that had made it a crime for extended relatives -- such as aunts, uncles and cousins -- to live together as a family. Ten families, all Hispanic, were cited under that law.

I wish they gave actual statistics here rather than saying they were "rarely" found to violate overall occupancy limits. I think that is important, perhaps even pivotal, to this discussion.

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"So, 60% of the calls are against Hispanics despite the fact they are only 14% of the population."

I would be curious what percentage of HUD housing is Hispanic,rather than a simple % of the general population.

Statistics are good if you have all the info ;)

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One reason for the complaints could be the effort started in 2000 to integrate HUD housing ,for example if a area has predominately black residents the other races would be given priority in new applications in that area untill a balance in reguards to census levels is reached.

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"So, 60% of the calls are against Hispanics despite the fact they are only 14% of the population."

I would be curious what percentage of HUD housing is Hispanic,rather than a simple % of the general population.

Statistics are good if you have all the info ;)

Added:

One reason for the complaints could be the effort started in 2000 to integrate HUD housing ,for example if a area has predominately black residents the other races would be given priority in new applications in that area untill a balance in reguards to census levels is reached.

It is my understanding that none of this is "HUD" housing. Rather, HUD is empowered to interpret and enforce the Fair Housing Act which bars discrimination in access to housing based on race, thus their involvement in this issue.

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