Mobile home residents file federal lawsuit alleging Richmond is violating Latinos’ civil rights


Dozens of mobile home park residents sued the city of Richmond on Tuesday over an “illegal and racially discriminatory” policy that they say targets Latinos.
News Story (Virginia)

Katy Burnell Evans
Richmond Times-Dispatch
August 18, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Affordability, Housing: Discrimination, Language Access, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


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The 71-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, asks for unspecified damages and an end to aggressive code enforcement efforts in the city’s nine mobile home parks. Residents say those efforts are intrusive and intimidating.

The policy was adopted in 2012 and implemented last year “with the knowledge that it would likely result in the forced displacement of hundreds of disproportionately Latino families,” reads the suit filed by the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Washington-based law firm Crowell & Moring.

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“Everybody should have safe housing,” said Phil Storey with Legal Aid, “but these are some of the poorest people in our community.”