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Washington, D.C. news outlet Route Fifty spoke to WRK Group representatives for their story “Housing Programs Nationwide See Big Infusion of Earmark Cash” this month:
“Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 miles to the northeast, the Riverside neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, is dealing with similar struggles that, according to community activists there, reflect systemic racism and the nation’s legacy of discriminatory housing policy.
After World War II, white veterans returning home used benefits under the GI Bill to buy houses built in the neighborhood, said Jen Lienhard, spokeswoman for the WRK Group, a coalition of groups including REACH Riverside, that’s working to revitalize the area.
But, Lienhard explained, the GI Bill was structured in a way that did not help as many Black veterans, boxing them out of home purchases and fueling economic inequality.”
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