A town in Connecticut deliberately tried to keep out non-white residents from settling in the area, according to a lawsuit.
Winchester, a rural town with a population of just 11,000, is 94.4 per cent white, and official statistics show that it contains no African-American families.
The lawsuit launched last week argues that town officials directed housing subsidies to white families to avoid an influx of ethnic minorities.
Read more: Winchester, Connecticut 'deliberately kept ethnic minorities out by denying them housing benefits' | Mail OnlineSince the towns are 91 per cent white, this requirement 'systematically and unlawfully' discriminates against ethnic minorities by making it unaffordable for them to settle in the area, according to the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.
The organisation further argues that, as the programme does not allow families to move to Winchester, it is 'ensuring that overwhelmingly white communities remain overwhelmingly white'.
If the challenge to the WHA is successful, it could open the door to more legal challenges to any subsidy programme which is open only to a community's existing residents.