Alan Jennings, friend of both the poor and NIZ developers, found a new battle to fight. For a mere $25,000 of taxpayer dollars, he had a sister organization in Philadelphia conduct a sting operation against Allentown Realtors. According to the results of 22 phone calls and 11 appointments, whites and minorities were steered to different parts of the city.The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, with the help of the city of Allentown, organized the fair housing test after hearing anecdotes of housing discrimination for years, said Alan Jennings, executive director of the CACLV.
I think perhaps someone should investigate the expenditure of the $25,000. That's over $1300 a snoop, especially pricey for the phone calls. The Fair Housing Laws are explicit. Anybody who feels that they were discriminated against may file a complaint, and the Federal government will investigate specific charges. Were the phone calls leading? Are there white homeowners in the West End who feel cheated that they didn't know about center city housing? Are there minority homeowners in center city who didn't know about other sections of Allentown? Have potential buyers been denied the opportunity to view and make offers on houses of their choosing? Have these Realtors caused Allentown's current problems? Ryan Conrad, CEO of the Realtors Association promises to re-potty train his troops. Conrad should be concerned about this nonsense that wasted the time of his realtors. I wonder if after the potty training, will the arena still be needed to transform Allentown?