Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project

Supreme Court vs. Neighborhood Segregation

In a surprising move on Thursday, the United States’ highest court ruled that policies even inadvertently relegating minorities to poor areas violate the Fair Housing Act.

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Interpretation by Ballard Spahr, LLP

Two views on the ruling (at SCOTUS Blog)

Commentary on the Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, in which the Court held that the Fair Housing Act does allow a cause of action based on disparate impact, comes from Florence Roisman, who at Poverty and Race argues that the ruling makes “three enormously important contributions to the law and policy governing housing discrimination and segregation”; Ralph Kasarda has a different take on the decision at the Washington Examiner, where he contends that “when a city’s good-faith effort to remedy deplorable housing conditions is ‘discriminatory,’ then something is amiss.”

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