Relocation plans change for Leathers

Relocation plans for a Northside public housing complex are seeing changes about three weeks after attorneys advocating for tenants filed a letter with federal agencies criticizing the program.

News Story (Texas)

Kirsten Crow
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
September 21, 2016

Tags: Environmental Justice, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)


The changes were largely in response to a letter sent to the Federal Highway Administration earlier this month by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. In part, the letter alleged the housing authority’s original relocation plan didn’t “affirmatively further fair housing.”

Peter McGraw, a staff attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, described the announcement of extended deadlines and help with security deposits as good first steps.

“We certainly don’t think it’s a fix for some of the bigger issues about fair housing and the obligation of both the housing authority and (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) to affirmatively further fair housing,” he said. “This might not be a fix for those bigger issues, but it’s a step in the right direction.”