Dubuque Says It's Working on Housing Issues

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By Larry Burkum

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Dubuque says it's close to resolving grievances over its low-income housing program, following a critical report by federal officials that said the city's housing practices intentionally discriminated against African-Americans.

The Telegraph Herald reports city officials say a voluntary compliance agreement on its Section 8 rental assistance program is nearly complete. Details of the agreement are not yet available.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a 51-page report in June that noted how policy changes to Dubuque's Section 8 program intentionally made it harder for African-Americans to qualify.

City officials repeatedly denied the accusations, but acknowledged the negative impact its changes had on black applicants. They vowed to correct it.

City Manager Mike Van Milligen says HUD has not suggested there will be any financial penalties.
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