Housing Discrimination

February 24, 1995 • Volume 5, Issue 8
Are minorities still treated unfairly?
By Charles S. Clark


The days of “whites only” real estate deals are history, but housing discrimination lives on in subtler forms. Federal, state and local officials receive 10,000 complaints a year from minorities who say they were mistreated by real estate agents - steered away from desirable neighborhoods or misled about the availability of a house or apartment. Although progress is being made, minorities are also more likely than whites to be denied financing, according to recent studies. The real estate and banking industries have been training employees to avoid discrimination, and the Clinton administration has launched an unprecedented crackdown on violators of fair housing and lending laws. Critics, however, warn of a “witch hunt” that penalizes the entire real estate industry because of a few violators.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Segregation and Desegregation
Apr. 23, 2004  School Desegregation
Oct. 18, 1996  Rethinking School Integration
Feb. 24, 1995  Housing Discrimination
Dec. 26, 1975  Busing Reappraisal
May 03, 1974  Desegregation After 20 Years
Aug. 24, 1973  Educational Equality
Sep. 06, 1972  Blacks on Campus
Mar. 01, 1972  School Busing and Politics
Aug. 16, 1967  Open Housing
Apr. 29, 1964  School Desegregation: 1954–1964
Feb. 06, 1963  Interracial Housing
Aug. 27, 1958  School Integration: Fifth Year
Jan. 15, 1958  Residential Desegregation
Oct. 16, 1957  Legal Processes in Race Relations
Oct. 17, 1956  Enforcement of School Integration
Jan. 12, 1955  School Desegregation
Sep. 03, 1954  Segregation in Churches
Oct. 08, 1952  Race Segregation
Nov. 07, 1947  Negro Segregation
Civil Rights: African Americans
Fair Housing and Housing for Special Groups
Segregation and Desegregation