Insurance companies and banks usually get in trouble when they use "redlining" as a shortcut for identifying more vs less worthy applicants.
Today's LA Times includes this which illustrates the problem in another light. Here is the punch-line.
Some affluent areas qualify for tax breaks intended to benefit the poor ...This one makes the front pages because it is so bizarre. Who was it that said that missing and detailed local knowledge stymies even well-meaning political programs?
Businesses can save up to $37,400 for hiring in an economically disadvantaged area. But those areas are designated based on large census tracts that don't always reflect the intended demographic.
Among the advantages for those who live in multimillion dollar houses on the hillside in Los Feliz are celebrity neighbors, sweeping views of the downtown skyline, the Griffith Observatory in their backyard and designation by state tax authorities that they are economically disadvantaged.
That means tens of thousands of California businesses can claim tax breaks worth up to $37,400 each for hiring some of Los Feliz's rich residents, through a program that provides benefits to companies for hiring welfare recipients, ex-convicts, military veterans and the chronically unemployed.