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A Legal Showdown Over Section 8 Discrimination Is Brewing in Dallas Suburb

An HOA in a planned community is banning renters who receive federal housing aid, setting up a high-stakes civil rights battle over fair housing and racial discrimination. 

A residential neighborhood in Texas in 2022. 

A residential neighborhood in Texas in 2022. 

Photographer: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg

Evora Sykes moved to Providence Village in 2018, but she never felt fully welcome in the Dallas-area suburb. Not when she saw neighbors in the majority-white town make hateful comments on a local Facebook group — which was often, she says — and not in June of this year, when she received a letter from her homeowners association telling her she’d have to move: The neighborhood’s board was banning renters who used federal housing choice vouchers. 

A single Black mother of two who relied on housing aid to rent an over-2,000-square foot home in this new master-planned community in fast-growing Denton County, Sykes says that she immediately started looking for a new home after getting the HOA notice.  “My focus was getting my children out of the neighborhood, and finding us a suitable home before school started,” she said. “There’s a lot of undercover racism out here.” In July, Sykes moved into a smaller house in another town.