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U.S. Justice Dept. Discrimination Claim Against Sheriff ‘Misleading’ – Antonovich Says

The Justice Department’s conclusion that the Sheriffs’ Department had a practice of discrimination against African Americans in its enforcement of the Housing Choice Voucher Program is misleading, according to Los Angeles Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

“There are 3,444 Section 8 participants in the Antelope Valley and 2,427 of them are African- American,” he said.  “Logic dictates that when one group makes up 70% of a government program, that group will feel the effects of increased enforcement disproportionally.”

“Additionally, the DOJ failed to mention that the 98% of the Section 8 vouchers that were revoked by the inspectors were upheld by the Housing Authority–  and that, of the 126 Section 8 vouchers that have been revoked since 2011,

– 39 were for narcotics violations

– 37 were for unauthorized tenants

– 38 were for criminal activity

– 2 were for subletting their units

– 6 were for unreported income

– 3 were for providing false information and 1 was for a nuisance violation

“The intent of Section 8 voucher program is to assist low-income families, seniors and the disabled with housing resources,” he added.  “The Section 8 voucher program has a waiting list of 200,000 people — to get Section 8 vouchers in the hands of those that need them, we need to root out fraud and remove those who take advantage of the system.”

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