HUD Settles Bias Suit Over Katrina Housing For $62M

By Erin Fuchs (July 6, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reached a $62 million settlement to end a putative class action alleging its grant program for home rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina discriminated against black homeowners, the agency said Wednesday.

The settlement, which ends a fight brought by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and other advocates, will provide assistance to roughly 1,300 homeowners in Cameron, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes, according to HUD.

"This agreement is a huge help to families who clearly want to get into their homes but continue to struggle to make the needed repairs to...

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