Complaint filed by HUD over Ridgeland zoning

December 30, 2015
A complaint filed by the Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Dec. 1, is looking into alleged discrimination or potential discrimination concerning a 2014 city zoning ordinance that has ruled 14 apartment complexes in the city non-conforming.
     The complaint identifies five complexes that are located in a "high minority concentrated area in the eastern half of southeast Ridgeland."
     The complaint states that rezoning efforts were largely implemented by all-white departments and committees that do not represent Ridgeland's minority demographics, about 30 percent, according to the complaint. The complaint also alleges that this was specifically done to affect a demographic shift in the city's public school system.