NAACP Lubbock Chapter files federal housing complaint against Ci

NAACP Lubbock Chapter files federal housing complaint against City of Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A Federal Housing complaint argues the city of Lubbock illegally discriminates against black and Hispanic people. 

The Lubbock Chapter of the NAACP claims the city violates the US code by preventing people from participating in federal housing assistance programs due to their race, color or national origin. 

This complaint originates from the city's 'Plan Lubbock 2040' initiative, its newest comprehensive land use plan filed a year ago. 

The NAACP calls the plan discriminatory due to its concentration of industrial zoning in and around major black and Hispanic neighborhoods. It cites the city's long-term pattern and practice of discriminatory zoning and land use decisions, calling it continuous and on-going with the new plan. 

 

"We know that these factories are not going to go away overnight. We don't expect them to go away overnight, but we do want them to hear what we have to say about what measures we would like for the city to take," Guadalupe neighborhood resident Dora Cortez said.   

After the city approved the Lubbock 2040 Plan last year, we looked at the history of discrimination in the city's land use documents. It's a practice called red lining, which discourages investment into communities of color.

Related story: Can the red lines be erased with city's 'Plan Lubbock 2040' initiative?

Read the full filed complaint below: 

 

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