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HUD Report Finds Minorities Still Experience Housing Discrimination

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research
 

Housing discrimination against minorities is still prevalent throughout the United States.  While less evident than the blatant door slamming experienced by renters and buyers in the 1970’s, minorities are still given fewer housing options than whites.

A new report Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012 shows that black, Hispanic and Asian renters were shown and told about fewer units than their white counter parts. With regard to buying homes, there were no significant differences between options for Hispanics and whites, but black and Asian buyers were both told about and shown fewer homes compared to whites.

Additionally, minorities experienced more questions about their finances, were given fewer loan financing options, and were given fewer incentives to rent or buy. This discrimination has untold effects on the ability of minorities to gain an equal footing with whites in many regards. By limiting the housing options available to minorities, they can be steered away from certain neighborhoods or steered into certain neighborhoods. It can also result in minorities buying homes that do not increase as quickly in value as homes they might otherwise have bought if shown more options.

The ability for all people to obtain good housing in any area that they can afford is important to reduce neighborhood segregation and inequality.

This is the fourth study released by the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development since 1977 to look at housing discrimination against minorities. The 2012 report examines the incidence and forms of discrimination experienced by black, Hispanic and Asian renters and homebuyers.

Read the full report Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012.

Read a summary of the report by the New York Times

 
 

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