Widespread Housing Discrimination Persists Against Minorities And The LGBTQ+ Community Despite Ever Expanding Federal Laws

widespread housing discriminationWidespread housing discrimination persists among ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ+ community. This is despite the federal government expanding on the Federal Housing Act passed over 50 years ago.

Roughly 32% of people of African descent say they felt they faced discrimination during their home search. Additionally, 22% of people of African descent suspect they were discriminated against. The scenario is even grimmer for Hispanic Americans. 36% of Hispanics claim a direct experience of discrimination. An additional, 22% of Hispanics believe they were subjected to bias. 

While 20% of Asian respondents believe they faced racial or ethnic discrimination. Additionally, 27% of Asian-Americas suspect potential discrimination.

The survey also revealed discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. About 22% of individual describing themselves as LGBTQ+ individuals believe they were discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. Additionally, another 19% feel they might have been targets of discrimination.

Fair Housing Act Expansions Haven’t Stopped Widespread Housing Discrimination

In 2020, the US Supreme Court’s 2020 ruled gender identity and sexual orientation fall under the protection of the Fair Housing Act. However, cases of discrimination are not always explicit. Real estate agents refuse to show homes to potential transgender buyers or landlords decline to rent to same-sex couples without expressly stating their reasons.

Many instances of discrimination in the housing and rental markets are pervasive and discreet.

“Steering” is a practice where a broker might direct a client away from a desired neighborhood. They do this by suggesting another area where the client “might fit in better.”

Furthermore, landlords might verbally agree to rent to a person of color. However, later provide dubious reasons to deny the same person after a face-to-face meeting.

The survey also highlighted the extent to which discrimination impacts relocation decisions. Approximately 1 in 10 Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ individuals who moved in the past year did so because of discrimination.

Specifically, 8% of Black respondents cited discrimination as a primary reason for their move, either from neighbors or landlords. Similarly, 11% of Hispanic and 7% of Asian respondents mentioned moving due to discrimination from their neighborhoods or landlords.

For the LGBTQ+ community, 9% stated that discrimination in their previous neighborhood was a primary reason for their move, with an additional 8% attributing their move to discrimination from their landlord.

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