Local Matters: Rental Housing Discrimination Report
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Host Tom Garrett, Executive Director of Law Line, speaks with Rachel Batterson, Project Director of the Housing Discrimination Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, and Karen Richards, Executive Director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission on the recently released report on rental housing discrimination in Vermont. The report finds high rates of discrimination in the rental housing market based on race, color, national origin, disability, and minor children. The results show an aggregate rate of discrimination of 44 percent, with rates of discrimination of 46 percent on national origin; 36 percent on race/color; 45 percent on minor children; and 22 percent based on disability. In addition, ten accessibility audits conducted on multi-family housing built within two years of the tests find that 80 percent had some level of noncompliance with 1991 FHA design and construction accessibility requirements. Vermont Legal Aid representatives share the report findings, implications and chart a course to address the issue.
Vermont Legal Aid - Housing Discrimination Law Project 800-889-2047 www.vtlegalaid.org
Vermont Human Rights Commission - 800-416-2010 www.hrc.vermont.gov