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WWL: The Fight for Fair Housing
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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09/15/2009
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Is the Obama administration poised to take a different approach towards fair housing?

 

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Discrimination in housing based on race has been illegal since 1968.  But communities all over the country are still struggling to develop and enforce fair housing.  Today, Where We Live, a look at a lawsuit in Westchester County, New York that’s bringing this issue back into the national spotlight.  We’ll also look at what’s happening right here in Connecticut.  How are federal dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development being spent in our cities?  How can your town comply with federal laws—and why does it matter?  David Fink and Erin Kemple will join us in our Hartford studio.

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Listener Email from Carl

I'm a REALTOR in West Hartford and volunteer every year for Habitat for Humanity, I really like how they provide training for the new home owners so they are ready to maintain that new home. I think affordable houses should be linked to some type of home skills training. It's the classic, don't just give a man a fish, teach him to fish.

Listener Email from James

The missing piece in scattered-site housing is neighbor-hood: a well-organized, well-funded program to incent neighbors to reach out to families and individuals who otherwise would be ghetto-ized, but who at least would be in a familiar and familial setting. Any consideration along that line?
 

Listener Email from a Stamford Resident

A group of residents here is suing to prevent a development of affordable housing because the city (via the Zoning Board's approval) has concentrated affordable housing in few areas of the city without regard to the issues you've discussed: traffic, SCHOOLS especially, public safety and general density.  The person's comment that working with the city in order to find appropriate places to put affordable housing seems unrealistic.  Here, the city makes behind the scenes deals with developers and crams a huge number of units into small, dense spaces without even doing a traffic study much less examining the impact on schools.  It has taken a determined group of residents much money, time and anxiety to try and deal with this issue which is still ongoing.  We all support the idea of affordable housing and, as a city, we provide a fair amount of affordable housing.  What he isn't addressing is the fact that cities like Stamford over develop and organizations like Charter Oak Communities (COC-formerly the Stamford Housing Authority) without an concerns about the overall plan for a city.

I do not recall your guests including the fact that the Westchester lawsuit was won largely on the density issue - the city was concentrating the affordable housing in too few areas and not spreading it out among the whole population.
 

fair housing

I am so glad that you're covering this topic. I've been looking for an organization that I can volunteer for to address the horrific inequalities here in Connecticut, but I haven't had much luck. I hope tomorrow you'll let us know who is working on this.

Thanks,

Martha

Like to see a better plan

Social Engineering  programs of the 50s though the 70s caused the Projects
Basicly high rise storage building of  low income people ,
Developers at that time must of sold us on the ideal that this was best way to  handed this problem. 
Now I have watch real estate development  build hundred of homes in my area.
The water cooler talk has been that state is getting ready to mass relocate of poor and  low income poeple into these homes. Speading  them out thur out are state.
Were is the jobs ?  Were the selfworth ? or  are we creating a new age of  min gettos?
 

fighting for fair housing

This is too, be grantee for my grandchildren grants for moving in family housing to live together, Our long & bitter fight for grandchildren one eho cares and will guild them all.

Family housing is the most important issue to this calling of social services.  Vacant federal properties available at non-profits including & local government agencies.  Every family housing development with my I.D on file for had some destruction of these developments threatening affordable housing for my grandchildren and me.  Federal government has TITLE V. PROGRAM FOR CITIZENS.

The federal public housing program was created by the U.s Housing Act 1937, which provided capital funding to localities to build affordable housing units.  Public housing was originally intended as work program and as a way to house

people who were temporarily unemployed, or employed at an low wages, during the great depression.  Today, the nation's public housing is a multibillion dollar asset with about 13,000 developments.