Housing advocates riled over TV show

June 29, 2005
State and national fair housing advocates are joining forces against an ABC Television show, "Welcome to the Neighborhood," a reality series pitting seven diverse families against each other as they vie for a beautiful single-family home.
     In the show — set to debut July 10 — three white families living on a suburban cul-de-sac near Austin, Texas, get to decide who wins a 3,300-square-foot house with four bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms. ABC promotes the series as one in which "eventually some eyes and hearts open up, opinions change and a community is transformed."
     However, several state fair housing agencies, the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the National Fair Housing Alliance contend the show promotes bigotry and violates provisions of the federal Fair Housing Act.