New study reveals bias in housing

August 30, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- Blacks and Latinos encounter some form o discrimination at least half the time when they try to rent or purchase homes in major urban areas, according to a new government study released today.

The $2 million audit of real estate practices during the spring and summer of 1989 sent 3,800 black, white and Latino couples in search of homes in 25 metropolitan areas. In each instance, a white couple and either a black or Latino couple attempted to buy or rent the same housing.

According to the 41-page study's definition, discrimination occurs "when rental or sales agents systematically treat minorities unfavorably, such as withholding information from blacks.

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