Arlington settles federal housing discrimination lawsuit

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD)- The City of Arlington has settled a housing discrimination lawsuit with the Justice Department.

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The department alleged that the city violated the Fair Housing Act when it refused to support an affordable housing development that would serve low-income families with children.

The lawsuit alleged that the city declined to support the project because it has a policy of supporting Low-Income Housing Tax Credit developments only for seniors -- those 55 and older.

"Under the Fair Housing Act, cities cannot discriminate against families with children, nor can they discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religion or disability," said U.S. Attorney Chad E. Meacham for the Northern District of Texas.

As part of the settlement, the city has agreed to pay $395,000 to Community Development Inc., which proposed the housing project.

The settlement is still subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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