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Study: 15 percent of D.C. landlords deny housing to voucher-holders

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In the District, “source of income” discrimination, or differential treatment based on where a person gets their money, is illegal. This protection covers housing, including when someone attempts to rent a unit by using a government subsidy.

But a new pilot study by the D.C.-based Urban Institute finds that 15 percent of landlords in D.C. and nearby Montgomery County, Maryland—where source of income discrimination is also illegal—say they do not accept housing vouchers for rental payments. The think-tank’s analysis suggests that the local housing market is limited for voucher-holders, and that low-income families can struggle to get into affordable units.

Public housing authorities funded by the federal government typically provide such rental subsidies to low-income families through the Housing Choice Voucher program, the U.S.’ largest rental-assistance program. Families then use the vouchers on the private market. According to the D.C. Housing Authority, more than 10,000 families receive the vouchers.

To see whether private landlords discriminate against voucher-holders, researchers at the Urban Institute designed and conducted about 4,000 tests over a 16-month period in five cities: D.C., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Newark, New Jersey, and Fort Worth, Texas.

The researchers identified 8,735 online advertisements for rental housing where it appeared that landlords might accept vouchers based on the information in the ads. In D.C., they had to screen 19 ads on average before finding a potentially eligible unit, as compared with 11 in Philadelphia, 30 in Fort Worth, and more than 50 in both Los Angeles and Newark.

Next, the researchers called the landlords and asked whether they took housing vouchers. During these conversations, the caller was a “female tester who would be perceived as White,” as an experimental control, the study notes. The researchers ultimately ran 3,780 such tests across the five cities, including 432 in D.C.

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