Hamtramck builds homes to atone for discrimination

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HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — More than 40 years after her family was forced from their home because they were black, Sallie Sanders has received the keys to a new home in Hamtramck in the Detroit area.

The house is one of 200 Hamtramck is subsidizing to settle one of the longest-running cases of housing discrimination in the United States. The homes are being offered to the children or grandchildren of people forced out of their homes in the 1960s to make way for urban renewal projects.

The 60-year-old Sanders says there was a lot of turmoil and sadness in her family when they had to move, and her parents would be ecstatic to know their daughter now owns a home in Hamtramck.

Officials say the last of the 200 homes the city agreed to build or rehab in 1980 should be finished next year.