Lancaster sues county housing agency over legal fees

Officials in Lancaster said Tuesday that they are suing the Housing Authority of Los Angeles County in an effort to recoup nearly $400,000 that the city has spent to defend itself in legal battles over a now-defunct program that targeted alleged fraud among recipients of federal Section 8 housing assistance.

Earlier this year, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors agreed to stop funding additional housing investigators in the desert communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, where officials have been accused of targeting nonwhite recipients of federal housing subsidies for eviction and harassment.

The action was among those the supervisors agreed to in the face of legal challenges by civil rights organizations, including the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.

LA Times / LA Now

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