Prejudicial market eyed in housing
WASHINGTON — A major federal study has found that minority renters and homebuyers who test the housing market for discrimination were told about and shown fewer homes and apartments than their equally qualified white counterparts.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development released results of the study in which pairs of testers — one white, one minority — were deployed last year to do more than 8,000 tests across 28 metropolitan areas. Testers were the same gender and age and presented themselves as qualified to rent or buy a unit.
Minorities usually were able to get appointments and see at least one unit.
But study authors say the more subtle discrimination of telling them about and showing fewer units makes housing searches more costly and limits their options.
Blacks, Asians and Hispanics all were given fewer options when seeking a rental. Hispanics looking to purchase a home experienced about equal treatment as whites, but black and Asian homebuyers were discriminated against.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said that that the discrimination affects minorities' ability to move to communities with good schools, better safety or more job options.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Ferguson slaying of Brown reconstructed in county autopsy
- Immigration work permits could rise under contract
- Captive freed by North Korea enjoys tearful reunion in Ohio
- Personal use of Secret Service agents on staffer’s behalf draws investigaton
- 4 private security guards convicted
- Coburn’s final ‘Wastebook’ tallies $25B in what he considers ‘pork’
- Coast Guard to seek billions to protect Arctic interests
- Academic scandal at University of North Carolina bigger than previously reported
- Security at Capitol questioned
- Social Security recipients to get increase in benefits
- Man caught jumping White House fence