Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Debates Lancaster Mayor Over City's Attacks on Section 8 Tenants
Friday, March 16, 2012
of the City of Lancaster in the high desert area of Los Angeles County
has been waging a war against low-income Section 8 rent subsidy tenants
for some time.
Lancaster officials have attempted to reduce the number of its Section 8
tenants by accusing them of being responsible for crime in the area,
hiring housing aut hority
inspectors to intimidate and harass them and attempting to pass laws
to deny business licenses to landlords who accept Section 8 vouchers.
These actions have created an atmosphere of fear for low income tenants
and has even result in physical attacks to Section 8 renters.
rights groups have filed discrimination suits against Lancaster, the
Los Angeles County Bound of Supervisors have eliminated funds of the
additional housing inspectors and the US Department of Housing and Urban
Development has threatened to cut hundreds of thousand of dollars in
federal funds to the city.
Now Lancaster has out done its previous actions. The city has filed a complaint
alleging Los Angeles County and its housing authority unlawfully favor
African Americans when granting vouchers for Section 8 housing.
Coalition for Economic Survival Executive
Director Larry Gross debated Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris on Lancaster's
latest attempt to rid the city of Section 8 tenants on Friday, March 16,
2012 on the David Cruz radio program heard on KTLK 1150 am between 3
and 6 p.m.
states that the city's action, "brings racism to new heights, or rather
new lows." Gross charges that, "Lancaster officials seem to be wishing
that their city was located in 1963 Mississippi, , instead of 2012 LA
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newspaper articles, some including CES' responses, reporting on the
various attacks on Lancaster African America Section 8 tenants. Click on
article to read.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Larry Gross is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES). He has been with CES for 42 years, since its inception in 1973.
CES is a grassroots, multi-racial, multi-ethnic tenants' rights organization serving low and (more...)