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United States v. Starrett City Associates
Starrett City Associates (D) owned and operated the largest public housing complex in the U.S. It had a unique tenant rental system which provided for a permanent mix of 64 percent white tenants, 22 percent black and 8 percent Hispanic. This was intended to prevent the mass exodus of white tenants and to achieve racial integration. Its tenant selection process was intended to perpetuate this ratio, each departing tenant being replaced by a new one of similar race or national origin. It is undisputed that this practice prevented minority communities from having increased access to the complex. The Government (P) sued Starrett on the ground of minority discrimination on the basis of race, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. Both parties moved for summary judgment in their favor. The court granted summary judgment to the Government, permanently enjoining Starrett to abandon its selection process which prevented adequate minority access to the complex on account of their race. Starrett appealed.
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