The video here comes from The Dallas Morning News just this week. Insight here on what my hard core homeless friends face day-to-day.
What's needed: more housing units.
The City of Dallas just placed a trash dumpster on the site to accommodate the disposal of trash. We're assured that Port-O-Potties are on the way. But along with these "amenities" comes permission granted to the City by the Texas Department of Transportation to arrest and remove the residents of our I-45 "tent city." We have been told that we have until next summer to find housing for these neighbors.
The complaint, and the investigations that led to it, shows how real estate agents promote segregation — and deny African-Americans the opportunity to buy into high-value areas that would provide better educations for children and a greater return on their investments.
Over the course of nearly a year, the alliance reports, black and white testers posing as home buyers had drastically different experiences when they contacted a real estate company near Jackson, Miss. Agents often declined to show properties to black customers who were better qualified than whites, with higher incomes, better credit scores and more savings for down payments. Meanwhile, white testers who had expressed interest in properties in the majority-black city of Jackson were steered into majority-white communities elsewhere.
These problems are not limited to the South. Indeed, another alliance investigation covering a dozen metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, San Antonio and the District of Columbia, suggests that housing market discrimination is universal.
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