On September 23rd, Westchester County settled a lawsuit with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York under which it agreed to develop and carry out an implementation plan to construct 750 affordable housing units in Westchester communities with low percentages of African American and Hispanic households. Under this agreement, the County will provide over $50 million to create housing in these communities; if needed, the County agreed to withhold benefits from the communities or to bring litigation against them if the 750 units are not constructed. The County will be supervised by a federal monitor.
John R. Nolon & Jessica A. Bacher, Exclusionary Housing vs. Fair Housing: The Need for State Legislation, N.Y. L.J., Oct. 21, 2009, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/603/.