By Steve Pickett

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Dallas could lose some federal funding, after allegations its affordable housing practices have broken civil rights laws.

The city recently got a warning letter from HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, accusing the city’s housing department of purposely crafting a segregated housing system downtown — one for the haves, and none for the have-nots.

HUD’s investigation examined the city’s clearance on housing developments for low-income residents.  The feds found the city’s support for low-income housing remained focused in Dallas’ southern sector. Projects for downtown and other North Dallas areas were either rejected or low-income units were concentrated together.  HUD called it housing segregation.

Councilman Scott Griggs serves as vice-chair of the city’s housing committee and also has concerns about the city’s actions.

“Where we’ve been using these funds for low and moderate housing, workforce housing, we’ve been using the money for market rate, particularly on the north side of the city,” said Griggs.

HUD says Dallas can’t spend federal money on housing, then discriminate against the very people the housing funding is meant to assist.  It says downtown housing receiving tax breaks should be accessible to all people.

For its part, the city points out that HUD has approved all housing projects using federal dollars, including those in downtown Dallas.

HUD’s letter to the city requires a response to the claims within 20 days.
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