NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Justice Department says St. Bernard Parish has agreed to a settlement of more than $2.5 million to resolve lawsuits alleging the parish tried to restrict rental housing to blacks after Hurricane Katrina.
The department says the settlement resolves separate lawsuits by the government and private plaintiffs.
The government lawsuit filed in January 2012 alleged that St. Bernard officials fought for years to limit rental housing for African-Americans "under the pretext of post-Hurricane Katrina recovery planning."
The lawsuit said the actions were an attempt to keep blacks from moving into St. Bernard, a New Orleans suburb.
The settlement must be approved by a federal judge.
Among the requirements, the parish must pay $275,000 to eight people.
Katrina struck in August 2005, devastating St. Bernard.