Lexington's handling of homeless shelter to be investigated by U.S. Justice Department

March 23, 2015
An investigation into whether Lexington violated federal fair housing laws when the city revoked a permit for a homeless shelter has been turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice, according to documents provided to the Herald-Leader.
     Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a letter to the city and those who filed the complaint that the case — under HUD investigation for two years — has been turned over to the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
     The letter, dated March 10, doesn't say why the complaint has been referred to the Department of Justice. It only says HUD is authorized to refer any matter involving the legality of "any zoning or land use ordinance" to that agency for review. The letter is signed by Carlos Osegueda, the HUD regional director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.