Predominantly white Winchester CT accused of deliberately keeping non-white residents out, according to a lawsuit. Winchester, which has a population of 11,000, contains no black families. The lawsuit, which was filed last week, alleges town officials directed housing subsidies to white families to avoid an influx of ethnic minorities.
Courthouse News Service : Its estimated median household income of $56,260 is 16 percent below the state median of $67,036, according to city-data.
The Winchester Housing Authority is in charge of the Section 8 housing voucher program for Winchester and 16 neighboring communities in a “Rental Assistance Alliance.”
The federal complaint claims that “according to the 2010 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 94.5 percent of housing units in Winchester are occupied by white, non-Hispanic households, while only 4.5 percent are Hispanic. The number of housing units occupied by African-American households is so low that it does not register above 0 percent.”