Sterlingshire Apartments (Dallas, TX): How the City and State Steer Low-Income Kids of Color to High Crime Neighborhoods

Neighborhood equity requires the City of Dallas to fully address the residents’ of this Pleasant Grove community’s long-held concerns about crime safety.  Law abiding residents deserve better. Children’s lives are literally at stake. Despite age-old community concerns, the city and state housing agencies chose the corner of Bruton Rd. and St. Augustine Dr. as a place to invest low income housing tax credits where families with children and others would be steered to live.  We now know this infamous corner as the place where thirteen-year-old Malik Tyler was shot and killed by a stray bullet.  WE MUST DO BETTER. LIVES DEPEND UPON IT.

Click the below link to read ICP’s 2015 Letter to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Development asking the agency to address the conditions in the known-crime ridden neighborhood.

4-22-15 ICP Letter to Tim Irvine – TDHCA 14402-Bruton Apts W OUT ATTACHMENTS

Market Feasibility Analysis Finds High Crime, a neighborhood condition and risks to which report says tenants are “accustomed”.

Click here to read: Pages from VSI – Bruton_Market_Study

Contrary to neighbors’ lived experiences and the market study’s findings about crime, the then-Chief of Police Brown’s office supplied the City with a letter for the proposal stating the area no longer had significant criminal activity.

Housing Choice Voucher holders have very few rental housing options in light of landlord discrimination.  Low income housing tax credit complexes, like Sterlingshire, are not allowed to deny them housing. For many voucher holders, Sterlingshire has become the housing of last-resort where families must live while at risk of becoming victims of crime. ICP is available to help voucher families further explore their options.  Email or call us at the below contact information if this applies to you.