Beaumont, TX

Justice Department settles with Beaumont over alleged disability discrimination

May 17, 2016
The Justice Department announced a settlement with the city of Beaumont, Texas, for $475,000 over allegations the city discriminated against persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities trying to live in small group homes in residential districts. The city has also agreed to make changes to its zoning and land use practices.
     “Persons with disabilities have the same right to live in and enjoy their communities as all other families do throughout our nation,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, said. “The Justice Department will continue to eliminate discriminatory barriers that impede these individuals from doing so.”

Feds take over Texas housing agency

October 04, 2000
The federal government took over the Beaumont housing agency but acknowledged that the action may not remedy the racial segregation that has plagued the city for decades.
      Federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo said the city housing authority not only failed to integrate public housing but fostered segregation by keeping blacks on one side of town – all in defiance of a court order.
      The Beaumont authority also placed only 40 tenants in 150 units set aside by the federal government in 1992, Cuomo said.
      A federal manager will oversee Beaumont public housing while the authority's counterpart in neighboring Port Arthur takes over day-to-day management, Cuomo said.
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