HUD halts probe into NAACP's Lancaster housing-bias complaint

June 19, 2012
A housing discrimination complaint filed against the city of Lancaster by the NAACP has been withdrawn, allowing the federal housing authority to end its investigation into housing practices of the High Desert municipality. But the city still faces litigation over the issue.
     In a letter dated June 14, Charles E. Hauptman, regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, told Lancaster officials that the NAACP formally withdrew the complaint and “in accordance with the complaint’s request, HUD has terminated its investigation.”
     Hauptman said HUD’s closure of its probe was “not a determination of the merits of the allegations contained in the complaint.”
     The complaint described a pattern of harassment by Lancaster leaders against mainly black and Latino residents.