One In Four Native Americans Face Renter Discrimination
“Discrimination against Native Americans is especially severe, frequently denying them access to available housing altogether, while other minorities often experience subtler forms of discrimination, such as higher rents and application costs or less advice and assistance from rental agents,” said Margery Austin Turner, the study’s lead researcher and director of the Urban Institutes Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.
Specifically, the study found that Native American renters in three states – New Mexico, Minnesota and Montana, experienced consistent adverse treatment relative to comparable whites on 28.5 percent of tests.
SO, what is HUD doing to fight the discrimination problem???
To help combat the problem since 1989, HUD has awarded grants to public and private fair housing groups as well as to state and local agencies under the Department’s
Fair Housing Program. Organizations use the money to educate the public and housing industry about discrimination laws, promote fair housing and investigate allegations of fair housing discrimination. Initially funded a $5 million in 1989, HUD this year is awarding $20.2 million in FHIP grants.
HUD, in partnership with the Advertising Council and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, recently released a multimedia campaign designed to fight housing discrimination by showing the many faces of those persons protected by the nation’s 35-year-old Fair Housing Act.
“These print and media broadcast public service announcements are a powerful demonstration that it is not only wrong to discriminate in housing, it is against the law,” explained Carolyn Peoples, HUD assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity.
Copies of the report can be downloaded from www.HUDUSER,org as well as ordered on line by calling (800) HUD-USER. Anyone who believes they have experienced housing discrimination should call HUD’s Housing Discrimination Hotline at (800) 669-9777, or visit HUD’s fair housing website at www.HUD.gov.
This article has been edited from the “hud NEWS”, released November 17th, 2003.