NEW INEWSOURCE INVESTIGATION

From Imperial Beach to Campo to Oceanside, racist housing covenants shaped San Diego for decades

Tom Hom is shown at his home in Chula Vista, Aug. 12, 2021. As a teenager, Hom’s family bought a home in a neighborhood where restrictive covenants were prevalent. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

Restrictive covenants on real estate deeds prohibited non-white people from owning or renting homes in San Diego County. Though they’re illegal now, inewsource uncovered that these clauses still exist in thousands of county records. They are a vestige of time when discrimination was trendy.

Studying how these covenants operated offers insight into how the U.S. has treated marginalized groups. Our investigation also reveals how individuals and lawmakers challenged this form of systemic discrimination.

by Roxana Popescu y|y November 17, 2021

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