Federal housing agency investigating alleged civil rights violations in Hopewell

Federal housing officials are conducting a wide-ranging investigation of whether the civil rights of Hopewell public housing residents were violated in two redevelopment projects touted as a win-win for the city and its poor.

News Story (Virginia)

Katy Burnwell Evans
Richmond Times-Dispatch
March 8, 2017

Tags: Housing: Public

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


That promise eroded as Community Housing Partners, a nonprofit with 100 properties across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, assumed ownership of two communities from the city’s housing authority and began overhauling them, according to complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in December.

People legally guaranteed the right to return to their homes after the transition were forced out, others suffered during construction and those who did return faced new rules hostile to families, according to lawyers with the nonprofit Legal Aid Justice Center and Housing Opportunities Made Equal.

Among them is Kitty Wade, a mother of five who lost custody of her toddler son in part because of a series of redevelopment-related moves a judge told her signaled instability.