Open Communities Alliance, on behalf of the Center for Leadership and Justice (CLJ) and numerous individual plaintiffs representing broader classes of residents, and in partnership with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Covington & Burling LLP, filed a lawsuit on November 18, 2020 against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford, the City of Hartford, and Imagineers, LLC. 

The suit challenges government decisions and failures that caused the perpetuation of segregation in the North Hartford area, and is emblematic of policies and practices spurring segregation all across the nation. The case stems from the failed relocation of families from three federally subsidized properties in high poverty, segregated neighborhoods in the North End of Hartford – Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments, Barbour Gardens Apartments, and Infill I – and HUD’s decision to re-subsidize many of the units in these properties rather than subsidizing housing in higher-opportunity areas.





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