Section 8 (housing)

'Code Words' Lead To Big Settlement In Housing Case

'Code Words' Lead To Big Settlement In Housing Case

Equalla Jenkins didn't see any blatant signs of racial discrimination when the Mansfield Housing Authority rejected her for a Section 8 voucher in 2014.

All she knew was that she was living in transitional housing through a shelter, working 15 hours a week at a store in her hometown of Middletown, living from place to place with her 5-year-old son. After years on the Mansfield authority's waiting list, she had made it to the top.

Now she had to show up at the office and fill out some forms before finally receiving a subsidy for her own apartment. It was in reach; under federal law, housing authorities can deny Section 8 subsidies only for issues such as criminal records or...