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Audit Reveals Possible Discrimination in Portland Housing


A new audit is revealing possible racial discrimination in the Portland housing market. The Fair Housing Council of Oregon conducted an audit to test whether black and Latino renters encounter barriers in the Portland housing market, and found discrimination practiced by 64% of 50 leasing agents tested.  The audit is part of an analysis Portland must conduct every five years to show it's attempting to prevent discrimination and to remain eligible for millions in yearly federal grants. Enforcement measures have not been taken against landlords found to be discriminatory, but City Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, tells "The Oregonian" stopping discrimination must include education and cooperation with landlords.  Fish says he's "outraged" by the audit results.

 

 

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