The Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC), a civil rights organization filed a federal lawsuit against the city on Tuesday on behalf of three black plaintiffs stating the city promotes segregation by favoring whites for affordable housing in Manhattan neighborhoods that are predominantly white.
The ADC hopes the lawsuit will force the courts to intervene and force the city to amend its affordable housing practices and open up New York City neighborhoods to all city residents. The current policy largely limits applicants for affordable housing to people who already live in the neighborhood.
The city’s policy perpetuates entrenched segregation and limits access to low-crime neighborhoods with high-quality schools, health care, parks and employment opportunities.
Craig Gurian the Executive Director of the not-for-profit ADC stated, “New York has made less progress against segregation, particularly with African-Americans, than almost any major city.”
The lawsuit claims this long-running housing practice that reserves 50 percent of units available in housing lotteries for neighborhood residents is derived from intentional discrimination by the government, developers, landlords and others determined to keep minorities out of the area.
The ADC affirms that despite New York City commonly being described as diverse, it is actually the second most residentially segregated major city in the United States.