HUD report finds people living with mental disabilities face significant rental housing discrimination
September 5, 2017 WASHINGTON — Persons living with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities continue to face significant housing discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new pilot study released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The pilot study revealed that individuals with mental disabilities seeking rental housing were:
- Less likely to receive a response to their inquiry in e-mail testing
- Less likely to be told an advertised unit was available in in-person testing
- Less likely to be invited to contact the housing provider in e-mail testing
- Less likely to be invited to inspect the available unit in telephone testing
- More likely to be encouraged to look at a different unit than the one advertised in telephone testing, a potential indicator of steering people with mental illness and intellectual or developmental disabilities toward specific buildings or areas within rental complexes
- Treated adversely at disparate rates depending on disability type, with higher rates of adverse treatment found for individuals with mental illness than for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities
- A significant percentage of people with mental disability seeking reasonable accommodation were given a negative response to their request. (a reasonable accommodation is a request to for an exception to a rule, policy, practice or procedure of a housing provider; example, Rule: no requests for payment reminder will be accepted, the reasonable accommodation is to waive that rule.)
The main pilot study and four supplemental papers can be found at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/MentalDisabilities-FinalPaper.html.
COFHA and 19 fair housing organizations charge Deutsche Bank and its preservation maintenance companies with housing discrimination based on race and national origin
July 26, 2017 — The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) announced that it has found substantial new evidence in support of allegations that Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource continue to discriminate against communities of color in 30 metropolitan areas throughout the United States. NFHA has filed an amended administrative complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). NFHA alleges that Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank National Trust, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Inc. fail to provide required routine maintenance on bank-owned homes in middle- and working-class African American and Latino neighborhoods, while Deustche/Ocwen/Altisource consistently provide routine maintenance on similar bank-owned homes in white neighborhoods.
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