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Report: African American Renters Face High Rate of Discrimination in New Orleans Upscale Neighborhoods

Posted on 23. Jan, 2015 by

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) released a new report revealing troubling levels of housing discrimination against African Americans in New Orleans’ high opportunity neighborhoods. The study, Where Opportunity Knocks the Doors Are Locked, found that African American mystery shoppers posing as prospective renters were either denied the opportunity to rent or received less favorable treatment than white mystery shoppers 44% of the time in New Orleans neighborhoods that offer high opportunity levels to families.

Equally qualified black and white testers with matching incomes, career paths, family types, and rental histories attempted to view and apply for 50 apartment units. The paired tests were designed to hold all variables constant except race.

Discrimination against African American testers took multiple forms, including:

  • Refusal to respond to African American testers’ inquiries
  • Giving African American testers the runaround
  • Providing favorable treatment and incentives to white testers, but not African American testers
  • Making stereotypical assumptions about African American testers

Read the full report here.

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