Investigation Finds Adverse Treatment of Latinos in 55% of Rental Housing Inquiries
The Equal Rights Center and Drinker Biddler & Reath LLP have released a testing-based report revealing that Latinos seeking rental housing across the Commonwealth of Virginia experienced at least one form of adverse treatment as compared to their white counterparts in 55 percent of inquiries. The report, Precaución: Obstacles for Latinos in the Virginia Rental Housing Market, is based on a series of 106 tests.
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This ERC self-advocacy toolkit is specifically designed to assist people who may experience discrimination based on their race, national origin, or religion, and will help them assert their rights under the Fair Housing Act.
ERC’s 2009 housing discrimination investigations in Frederick County found that 79 percent Latinos seeking housing were subjected to discriminatory treatment—as evidenced by the imposition of different, more adverse terms and conditions on potential Latino tenants when compared to their white counterparts.
The Equal Rights Center announced the promotion of Stephanie Gonzalez to be the organization’s Immigrant Rights Program Manager. “I have been continually inspired by the work the ERC is doing in immigrant communities. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the ERC’s immigrant rights work to raise awareness and make a difference in lives of diverse immigrant communities across the country,” said Gonzalez.
The ERC investigated access that Spanish-speaking residents have to health care in Washington, D.C. The investigation uncovered significant differences in overall treatment, such as 20% of the time the Spanish-speaking tester did not receive services in the appropriate language, and Spanish-speaking testers waited an average of one hour and 53 minutes longer before receiving services.