Human Rights Commission Spotlights Inequalities In Fair Housing Report Preview

Jan 30, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s Human Rights Commission has released a preview of a report detailing the state of fair and affordable housing in the city.

Spokesperson for the commission Astarre’ Gudino says the report shows some improvement in the number of fair housing cases, which peaked in 2008 with 38 complaints and has since dropped below 20, but also plenty of challenges. Gudino singles out the disproportionately high number of owner-occupied homes owned by whites, who comprise 78 percent of the population.

"Out of the 58 percent of owned homes in Lexington, 87 percent of homes are owned by whites alone, 9 percent by black or African-Americans alone, and only 2 percent are owned by Hispanic or Latino," she says.

Human Rights Commission executive director Ray Sexton said in a statement that he hopes the report will be an important tool to overcome the impediments identified.

The full report will be released February 6th.