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HUD certifies St. Louis ordinance

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Housing officials say a new agreement between the city of St. Louis and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will strengthen local investigations into alleged discrimination.

HUD formally certified St. Louis' new ordinance Thursday as being "substantially equivalent" to the federal Fair Housing Act.

The designation comes after more than a decade of failed attempts to match the national standard. Myrtle Wilson is with HUD's Kansas City office.

"Once the ordinance is passed, the city will enter into a partnership with HUD, and we will now start to fund the city to investigate fair housing complaints under their law," Wilson said.

HUD will give the city $120,000 a year for three years to conduct investigations. After that, funding levels will be based on a set formula.

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