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The Hollman Case

Challenging Racial Segregation in Federal Housing Programs

By Timothy L. Thompson

For many years, the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis represented dissatisfied clients in the racially segregated and physically deteriorated north Minneapolis public housing projects. In 1991, legal aid attorneys stopped to ask themselves whether the circumstances of their clients' living situations were inevitable. That question led to a year-long work plan, the filing of a federal court class action against five governmental agencies, a more than $100 million consent decree, and, a decade later, some hopeful answers to that question.

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