Housing Bias: Have You Been a Victim?
(The Root) -- Have you ever experienced housing discrimination? If so, ProPublica and The Root want to hear from you. The two outlets are teaming up to survey readers on their home-scouting experiences.
More than four decades after Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, housing prejudice is hardly a phenomenon of the past. In fact, according to ProPublica, Latinos and blacks, on average, face housing discrimination about 4 million times per year.
Even when people suspect they've faced discrimination, proving it can be daunting.
Though millions of instances of discrimination occur each year, only about 10,000 complaints are filed annually with HUD or state or local fair housing enforcement agencies. HUD typically issues charges of discrimination in about 2 percent of the cases it receives.
Share Your Story
Are you one [of] the millions who've faced housing discrimination?
Did you suspect you were discriminated against, but thought you couldn't prove it or that authorities would not do anything about it? Did you know where to file a complaint? If you filed a complaint, did you feel your case was handled well or were you disappointed with the outcome?
Are you a leasing agent, lender or real estate agent who was encouraged or instructed to discriminate against home seekers based on their race or ethnicity?
Share your story with us. You may be contacted by a reporter for more information. Check ProPublica and The Root next week for reports based on the results.
Fill out the survey below (it might take a few seconds to load) or on ProPublica.