Crystal Carter, a Hartford resident, and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center are suing the Winchester Housing Authority in federal court. They say the rural, northwestern Connecticut housing agency advised her to instead move to Bridgeport, New Haven or Torrington, which are home to more black residents than Winchester.
Litchfield lawyer James Stedronsky, who represents the housing authority, said the agency vigorously denies the accusation that it discriminates. He said it's struggling with far more applications for housing vouchers than are available.
The Fair Housing Center said Section 8 vouchers are critical because it allows low-income renters to move to areas with little poverty, jobs and good schools and public services.
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