Municipal Archives

​​Walker et al. vs. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, et al. Records, 1990-2003

​Collection 2016-007


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City of Dallas Housing Department 
TitleWalker et al. vs. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, et al. Records
Quantity4.92 linear feet 
AbstractReports, legal opinions, and printed materials relating to the Walker Consent Decree
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection consists of 48 quarterly reports created by the City of Dallas Housing Department to track the progress of the Walker Consent Decree as well as the court opinion, consent decree booklets, report of accomplishments, and the motion final settlement.

On June 25, 1985, Debra Walker, a resident in Dallas public housing, filed a class action lawsuit against the Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a "separate and unequal housing system" that racially segregated public housing projects.  At the time, "92% of black households in the DHA system were concentrated into black neighborhoods where the poverty rate exceeded 40 percent."  Conditions for these units were considered inferior to those of low-income whites that received HUD assistance.

The case was brought before the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas where federal Judge Jerry Buchmeyer approved a Consent Decree that ordered the DHA to desegregate public housing.  Within 20 days of the Decree, a suit was filed against the DHA for violating the agreement when it refused to integrate housing in West Dallas.  On September 24, 1990, the US District Court for the Northern District approved an agreement negotiated between the city and plaintiffs in the lawsuit designated as Walker et al. vs. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  This deal set out a series of programs and activities to be implemented by the City of Dallas over an 8-year period at an approximate cost of $188 million.  Remedies were implemented between 1990 and 2003, and a final judgment ending the case was granted by Judge Buchmeyer on August 12, 2003.


The collection is arranged first by subject then by date.   


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Walker et al. vs. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, et al. Records, 1990-2003 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 1995-014—Citizens Surveys [Housing], 1980 and 1983
Collection 1992-023—Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy, 1991-1996
Collection 1995-011—Report on the Task Force on Public Housing, 1983

Index Term s

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). Housing Dept.
Housing -- Texas -- Dallas

Container List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Quarterly Report #1, 1991
 2Quarterly Report #2, 1991
 3Quarterly Report #3, 1991
 4Quarterly Report #4, 1991
 5Quarterly Report #5, 1992
 6Quarterly Report #6, 1992
 7Quarterly Report #7, 1992
 8Quarterly Report #8, 1992
 9Quarterly Report #9, 1993
 10Quarterly Report #10, 1993
 11Quarterly Report #11, 1993
 12Quarterly Report #12, 1993
 21Quarterly Report #13, 1994
 2Quarterly Report #14, 1994
 3Quarterly Report #15, 1994
4Quarterly Report #16, 1994
 5Quarterly Report #17, 1995
 6Quarterly Report #18, 1995
 7Quarterly Report #19, 1995
31Quarterly Report #20, 1995
2Quarterly Report #21, 1996
3Quarterly Report #22, 1996
4Quarterly Report #23, 1996
5Quarterly Report #24, 1996
6Quarterly Report #25, 1997
41Quarterly Report #26, 1997
2Quarterly Report #27, 1997
3Quarterly Report #28, 1997
4Quarterly Report #29, 1998
5Quarterly Report #30, 1998
51Quarterly Report #31, 1998
2Quarterly Report #32, 1998
3Quarterly Report #33, 1999
4Quarterly Report #34, 1999
5Quarterly Report #35, 1999
6Quarterly Report #36, 1999
61Quarterly Report #37, 2000
2Quarterly Report #38, 2000
3Quarterly Report #39, 2000
4Quarterly Report #40, 2000
5Quarterly Report #41, 2001
71Quarterly Report #42, 2001
2Quarterly Report #43, 2001
3Quarterly Report #44, 2001
4Quarterly Report #45, 2002
5Quarterly Report #46, 2002
6Quarterly Report #47, 2002
7Quarterly Report #48, 2002
81Walker legal opinion, 1999
2Walker motion to dismiss and final settlements, 2002-2003
91Responses of the City of Dallas to plaintiffs' 1st, 2nd, and 3rd interrogatories, 1993
101Walker Consent Decree booklets, 1990
111Paste-up master for Walker Consent Decree booklet, 1990